Ex-India captain Dilip Tirkey files nomination for HI president's post
Former India captain and Olympian Dilip Tirkey on Sunday filed his nomination for the post of Hockey India (HI) president.
New Delhi: Former India captain and Olympian Dilip Tirkey on Sunday filed his nomination for the post of Hockey India (HI) president.
After submitting his nomination papers, Tirkey said that his intention is to take the sport to greater heights.
“Today I have filed my nomination papers for Hockey India president’s post. I filed my nomination on behalf of Hockey Association of Odisha of which I am currently the president,” Tirkey told PTI.
“Hockey gave me a lot. As a player I have played hockey for the country for a considerable amount of time and after retirement I have been working for the development of the sport in Odisha. So I felt being in the National hockey body I can work more for the game, I can take the game to greater heights.”
Tirkey exuded confidence of coming out with flying colours in the upcoming polls.
“I have been in talks with a lot of states. The entire NorthEast is with me. Bengal, Assam, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura all are backing me. Besides, I have been in talks with other states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and they have given positive response. So I am confident,” he said.
Asked about his goals if elected as HI chief, Tirkey said: “I would like to strengthen the grassroot program. I would work towards identifying the reasons behind the decline of hockey in those states where it was popular and produced players and take corrective steps and revive the game there.
“We will visit those places and work towards the development and promotion of hockey.”
Hockey India elections are scheduled to be held on October 1 and former electoral officer in the Bihar government, Ajay Nayak had been appointed as the returning officer for the polls.
Sunday was the last date for filing nomination papers.
The 44-year-old Tirkey, a former full-back, was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha as one of the three Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidates.
Prior to that, he was working as chairman of Odisha Tourism Development Corporation. Currently, he is the chairman of Odisha Hockey Promotion Council.
Tirkey was a member of the Indian teams that won gold and silver in the 1998 Bangkok and 2012 Busan Asian Games respectively.
Besides, he won two gold medals in 2003 Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur and 2007 in Chennai and also a bronze in 1999.
The first of the two-phased simultaneous elections to the 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats in the Maoist belt in Odisha began today amidst tight security in view of the poll boycott called by the extremists.
From a man who was slow and ungainly on the field to one who strikes fear in the heart of the opposition, the 26-year-old from Haryana has come a long way.
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