Shapman Says Indian FIH Women Have Olympic Skills
Back in November, Janneke Schopman was in the American dugout in Bhubaneswar when her side lost to India in the FIH Women’s Olympic Qualifiers in heartbreaking fashion. Now, two months later, she is an integral part of India’s preparations for The Tokyo Games.When Schopman and the U.S. women’s hockey team parted ways, in the aftermath of the qualifiers, India’s Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne sent his old acquaintance a text, asking if she was interested in working alongside him as India’s Analytical Coach. The 42-year-old former Dutch international, an Olympic gold-medallist from the 2008 Games, had no Hesitation accepting .
India’s absence from the FIH Pro League has an upside, Schopman believes. India does something different from most countries. And that is hard for other countries to play against. It’s a disadvantage that we are not in the FIH Pro League but it’s Also an advantage because teams don’t see us so much. We have something hidden that we can use, she said.
As a player, Schopman won gold (2008) and silver (2004) medals at the Olympics, to go with a World Cup and a European Title. She was also the USA’s assistant coach at the 2016 Olympics. In Marijne’s eyes, that experience is invaluable.She has That knowledge. I don’t. Besides, she is individually very strong with the players. In India, players don’t come very easy to the Chief coach. But on her first day, they came to Janneke. She also knows a lot about all the other countries because the US Played in the Pro League, he said.