Asian Games : Not qualifying for Olympics in Hockey is a  big disappointment: Sjoerd Marijne

Jakarta : Chief coach Sjoerd Marijne is satisfied with the performance of the Indian women’s hockey team at the Asian Games but says losing the opportunity to directly qualify for the 2020 Olympics is a big disappointment.

“Of course it is the biggest disappointment. Now we might have to play another six matches to do that. Today it is a gold lost but the way team played throughout the tournament, it will be a silver won tomorrow,” said Marijne.

India, however, improved their medal colour from the last edition four years ago when they had secured bronze. “I feel a draw would have been a fair score of this match. Japan played well. They converted all their penalty corners [2 in total] and we didn’t. They were better in the first quarter. We fought back well in the second half and we were really good in third quarter. The fourth quarter was even,” said the Dutchman.

“Overall, the girls can be proud of their performance. They had not reach the final for 20 years. They can afford a few smiles even though they lost.”

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