Hockey India appoints Waltherus Marijne as new coach for men’s team

The Logical Indian Crew

September 8th, 2017

Image: DNA

After the controversial sacking of coach Roelant Oltmans earlier this month, Hockey India has finally announced its intention to replace the Dutchman with yet another controversial choice. It was announced earlier today that the coach of women’s national hockey team, Waltherus Marijne, would now be taking charge of the men’s team.

In an announcement that has been met with mixed reactions from various avenues, the one response that has remained constant relates to Marijne’s prior coaching records. The Dutchman, very surprisingly, has no prior experience coaching or handling a senior men’s side at all. The decision is even more surprising in the light of Oltmans’ sacking and the reasons which were given for the same.

A few ordinary performances from the senior men’s side was enough to convince the country’s top administrative Hockey body to let him go. However, they seem to have shown absolutely no qualms when it came to hiring someone who is a complete novice when it comes to senior men’s hockey. The World Cup winning junior team coach Harendra Singh was appointed as the team’s High Performance Specialist coach. Marijne is set to officially start his new job from September 20 while Harendra will begin tomorrow itself.

As per top officials in the Hockey administrative body, both Harendra and Marijne have been handed contracts till Tokyo 2020. However, keeping in mind Hockey India’s notorious record of hiring and letting go of foreign coaches, official contracts seem to mean as little as possible. In fact, Marijne’s predecessor Oltmans too had a long lasting contract which was prematurely terminated based on non-performative grounds.

The decision to appoint Marijne was announced by newly appointed Minister of Sports Sri Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore via his official Twitter handle.

The decision also comes after Hockey India went through the process of advertising for a coach in the most elaborate way possible. One can only assume that the advertisement was meant to attract expertise. However, in light of the current appointment, it is safe to conclude that experience and expertise seemed to hold very little value for Hockey India.

One can only hope Coach Waltherus Marijne lasts longer than his predecessors.

Share your thoughts..

Propelled by


This Women’s Day Spread The Message Of Equality

Related Stories

“Result-Oriented” Hockey India is guilty of impatience once again

Hockey Madhya Bharat breaks Guinness Book of World Record

Mreenal Chakraborty

Mreenal Chakraborty: The ‘Motivator’ Who Helped India Overcome Mental Barriers In The World Cup

hockey world cup

Best Wishes For The Junior Hockey World Cup, India.

Pakistan Junior Hockey Team

International Hockey Federation Rejects Pakistan’s Participation In Junior World Cup

India-Pakistan Hockey Match In Asian Champions Trophy

India To Play Pakistan In Asian Champions Trophy; Captain PR Sreejesh Wants To Win For Uri Attack Martyrs

Latest on The Logical Indian


Bhagwant Mann Resigns As AAP Punjab Unit Chief After Arvind Kejriwal’s Apology To Majithia For Calling Him Drug Lord


MoS For Home Kiren Rijiju Informs Lok Sabha That Six Privately-Owned Airports In India Owe Rs 797 Cr To CISF


Jharkhand: 11 ‘Gau Rakshaks’ Who Lynched Alimuddin Last Year, Convicted Of Murder & Conspiracy


Bangalore’s Bannerghatta National Park Threatened By Illegal Quarrying; City Officials Silent


Railways Under-Reported Expenses By Rs 5,025 Cr To Make Pension Bill Look Smaller: CAG

Fact Check

Fake News Claims Narendra Modi Is Second Most Corrupt Prime Minister In The World