Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)[India]: It was business as usual in the Sports Authority of India (SAI) campus in Bhopal on Monday. The senior Indian Women’s team, who are gearing up for the all-important Hockey Women’s World League Round 2 in Canada, were put through the grind in the morning under the watchful eyes of chief coach Sjoerd Marijne. But no sooner than the gruelling session came to an end, the girls indulged in a splash of colours to celebrate the festivities of Holi.
Even the newly appointed coaches including Marijne, analytical coach Eric Wonink, both from Netherlands and Hockey India’s High Performance Director David John were not spared from getting soaked in colours.
“They were absolutely thrilled to play Holi with us. They totally enjoyed and so did we. I have never played Holi like this in my entire life,” stated an excited Rani.
“We have celebrated many festivals together as a family but this one is very special,” exclaimed senior most member of the squad Deepika.
The festivities went on right till 3pm before the girls called it a day and set out to gear up for the evening session.
“We had only heard about the festival of colours but had never played. It was overwhelming to be part of the celebrations and I also see this as a great team bonding opportunity. Now getting these colours off our faces and clothes will be a task,” expressed a candid Marijne.(ANI)