In response to the report, Hockey India said Marijne’s remarks about his pending salary were a “malicious attempt to paint a grim picture of Indian sports administration” and claimed the coach owed “only a balance of 1,800 USD “.
“Due to the non-return of the laptop, Hockey India is unable to issue an NOC and as such believes the Sports Authority of India is fully entitled to keep the $ 1,800 “said Hockey India. “Marijne’s attempt to tarnish the Indian sports administration for being asked to return the laptop with the priceless data is one example. “
On Tuesday, without blaming any official or institution, the former Indian coach told The Indian Express that he had not yet received his last salary from the SAI and the Rs 25 lakh reward promised by the UP government. He said he was “in constant contact” with those concerned and was “confident” that the matter “will be resolved soon”.
Hockey India General Secretary Rajinder Singh said in a press release on Wednesday: “We can stress that not returning the laptop that was handed over to him amounts to data theft as it contains huge amounts. critical data on Indian gamers. We recommend taking the necessary criminal action against Marijne to facilitate the recovery of the laptop and the data on it.
Reacting to the statement, Marijne, who is in the Netherlands, told The Indian Express that he had already started the process of returning the laptop, which had “crashed” in the middle of the Olympics.
“I brought it with me to have it fixed, but that didn’t happen. I flip the laptop over, I have no problem with this. I don’t know why they reacted that way, but I want to make it clear that I didn’t mean to disrespect anyone. I enjoyed every moment I spent in India and I will always be connected to the country, ”said Marijne.
Under Marijne, India finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, which was the coach’s last assignment with the team. After the Games, he became the coach of Tilburg, a club from the Netherlands.
SAI is responsible for hiring coaches for national teams in all Olympic sports.
Hockey India said they were “extremely pleased with the haste” with which SAI acted on their proposals and added that they had “no reason to believe that there is any form of red tape to hamper the evolution of Indian sport which has in fact acquired an upward trajectory ”.
Singh called Marijne’s comments about her unpaid dues “disappointing.”
“It is disappointing that individuals from some European countries come to India for lucrative jobs, but want to criticize the establishment once they are gone… do not speak well of themselves,” he said.