After former Indian hockey coach Sjoerd Marjine made shocking allegations against prominent Indian hockey player Manpreet Singh, the Indian men and women's teams issued a joint statement terming the allegations baseless and claimed Marjine's action as a breach of trust between the players and the coach.
Notably, Marijne, who had a coaching stint with both Indian men's and women's teams, in his upcoming book 'Will Power - The Inside Story of the Incredible Turnaround in Indian Women's Hockey' alleged that Manpreet Singh requested players to stop playing well so that his friends could get in the team.
Sjoerd Marijne further claimed that ex-FIC president Narinder Batra didn't know the names of any other female players apart from the former captain Rani Rampal. In response to claims, Hockey India has termed the allegations baseless and informed that players will take action against the former coach. In the joint statement, players stated that they have come together to express their disappointment over the revelations made by Marjine.
"We have seen in the press today some disturbing allegations being made by the erstwhile Chief Coach of our teams, Mr. Sjoerd Marine. We have come together to state our deep disappointment in his exploitation of our personal information and false accusation. He has used his time of coaching us for commercial gain to sell his books at the cost of our reputations," read the statement.
The statement further claimed that the Indian National men's and women's hockey teams stand together with each other and will defend their integrity that has been brought to question by him.
"Our country, team and the sport of hockey are collective top priority and under no circumstances will we allow for the integrity of any our team members to be compromised for anyone else's personal gain," the statement further read.
Notably, Marijne was in charge of the men's hockey team for nine months before the side's ouster from the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast before he took over the role with the women's team. Marijne guided the women's team to a historic fourth-place finish at Tokyo Olympics.