Dilip Tirkey elected President of Hockey India

New Delhi [India]Sept 23 (ANI): Former Indian hockey captain and three-time Olympian Dilip Tirkey was unopposed as President of Hockey India on Friday.

The gold medalist of the 1998 Asian Games was chosen after his opponents Rakesh Katyal, Uttar Pradesh Hockey chief and Bola Nath Singh, Jharkhand Hockey chief, withdrew their nominations.

The Hockey India elections were to be held on October 1, but as there was no other contestant, Tirkey’s nomination was announced on Friday.

Dilip Tirkey thanked COA chief Dr SY Quraishi, the global governing body of hockey, FIH, for the smooth election process and expressed confidence that he will be able to work to improve hockey in the country.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has approved the appointments of Dilip Tirkey and his team.

Tirkey made his debut in 1995 against England. He represented India at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, 2000 in Sydney and in 2004 in Athens and won a total of 412 caps.

In 2010, he announced his retirement from the international arena. He declined to become a national selector on July 16, 2010, three days after he was offered the post by the then hockey-running body Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). (ANI)

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