Indian ladies’s hockey group chief coach Sjoerd Marijne expects his wards to succeed in the quarterfinals of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and says something lower than that will be a giant let down. The group will likely be competing in its second consecutive Olympics in Tokyo having certified for the Video games after a hiatus of 36 years for the Rio Video games. India’s best-ever end on the Summer time Video games was a fourth place end within the 1980 Moscow Video games and Marijne believes the present group has the potential to match it if the gamers play in response to their energy.
“The expectations in India are very excessive. If you’re reasonable, solely two international locations are decrease ranked than us and that’s Japan and South Africa. So, I don’t know from the place these expectations are primarily based on.
“I feel most likely as a result of we did good previously within the final 4 years, however nonetheless we’ve got to be reasonable. We’re specializing in reaching the quarterfinals and that’s reasonable and from there something can occur,” Marijne stated at a digital media convention.
The Dutch coach stated in the event that they fail to succeed in the quarterfinals, it could be a giant disappointment for the gamers, who’ve made a variety of sacrifices to grasp their desires in these troublesome instances.
“…however for me a very powerful is our performances and I do know that is simpler. I simply wish to see that this group reaches its potential and my job is to assist the group attain its potential.
“If we play each pool match to our potential and fail to succeed in quarters I’m nonetheless glad. However I feel taking part in by potential will assist us reaching the quarterfinals and much more,” he stated.
“…if I’m disenchanted, I will likely be disenchanted for the women, as a result of I do know each day how laborious they’ve labored. They miss their households, all the time being away. I understand how a lot effort they’ve put on this course of,” he added.
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