Former Indian women’s hockey team coach Sjoerd Marin’s full salary was withheld following a recommendation from Hockey India for not giving her a ‘No Objection Letter’ (NOC) for not returning her official laptop. According to Marin of the Netherlands, this laptop is now about to reach India. According to Sports Authority of India (SAI) sources, Marin’s six days’ salary (which is $1,800) has been withheld. Her tenure came to an end after the Indian women’s team finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
SAI sources said Hockey India reported on the laptop as it contained all the “data” of the members of the women’s hockey team. Marin, who lives in Den Bosch, said he took it in to get it fixed because it broke in August and has now sent it back. Sai’s source told PTI, “As of July 31, 2021, all his allowances have been paid and he has an amount of $1800 pending to work with us between August 1 and 6, which we will take as soon as we get the official laptop as per the contract.” Will pay later.
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“Sai stopped his salary only after getting an official communication from Hockey India who advised us not to give him NOC as he had not yet submitted the official laptop,” he said. The Sai source, however, said that as soon as they get the official laptops, they will pay them. When contacted by PTI in Den Bosch, Netherlands, Marin said he expects his former employer to make full payments by next week. “If you ask about my payment, some amount is still pending with SAI,” he said. But I am in constant touch with the SAI officials and they have assured me that they will complete the payment as soon as they get the laptop.