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Indian hockey teams take Sjoerd Marijne to court over charges against Manpreet Singh | Hockey News

BENGALURU: The Indian Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams Take Over Former Coach Sjoerd Marijne and publisher HarperCollins India taken to court over the Dutchman’s accusation that Manpreet Singh asked a young player to underperform at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
In his upcoming book “Will Power – The Inside Story of the Incredible Turnaround in Indian Women’s Hockey,” Marijne wrote that senior pro Manpreet asked a player to “stop playing well” so his friends could get on the team.
It prompted the men’s and women’s teams to issue a joint statement, saying that the former India coach had leveled the allegation against Manpreet in order to publish his book.
“We have come together to express our deep disappointment at his (Marijne’s) exploitation of our personal information and false accusations. He has used his time from coaching for commercial gain to sell his book at the expense of our reputation.
“This is a complete breach of trust and his duty of care as a coach. It also makes all Indian athletes like us feel vulnerable in such situations,” the players said in the joint statement.
“We are in the process of instituting legal remedies against Mr. Sjoerd Marijne and the publishers of the book in question, Harper Collins.”
Both teams said that if such an incident had indeed occurred, Marijne should have reported the matter to one of them Hockey India or his former employer, Sports Authority of Indiawhat he didn’t.
“We would like to collectively question Mr. Sjoerd Marijne that if any of the alleged incidents occurred under his supervision, then an allegation must have been made to Hockey India or the Sports Authority of India at that time.
“When we checked with the authorities, we found no such complaint,” the statement said.
The teams said that with such false and fabricated accusations Marijne has questioned the integrity of the players.
“The Indian national men’s and women’s hockey team stand side by side and will defend our integrity which has been questioned by him.
“Our country, team and the sport of hockey are our top collective priority and we will under no circumstances allow the integrity of any of our team members to be compromised for the personal gain of anyone else,” the statement said.
Marijne coached the Indian men’s hockey team for nine months before being ousted after a dismal show at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
He later took charge of the women’s team and led it to a historic fourth place last year Tokyo Olympics.
PTI tried to contact Marijne for his response, but he did not respond.

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