Dilip Tirkey, Former Indian hockey captain, has been chosen to lead Hockey India. He is the most recent athlete to win the highest position in a sports body.
Dilip Tirkey was born on Nov 25, 1977. He made his debut in 1995 against England. He is the only tribal hockey player to have represented India at three Olympic games and made his international retirement announcement on May 2, 2010.
It is first time in the Indian sports history that an ex Olympian and athlete was chosen as president to lead the national body.
Elections for the president were set on Oct 2022, however in dearth of eligible candidates for any positions, the results were made public before the election.
Dilip Tirkey, President of Hockey India
- On Sept 23, 2033, Dilip Tirkey, the nominee for President of Hockey in Odisha, filed his nomination for consideration after Uttar Pradesh Hockey Chief Rakesh Katyal and Jharkhand’s Bhola Nath Singh withdrew theirs.
- As secretary general, Bhola Nath has been chosen without opposition.
- The International Hockey Federation has approved Dilip Tirkey and his team’s appointments.
- Tirkey assured that he would see to it that hockey India team achieves new heights.
Dilip Tirkey: Recognition and Awards
- Over the course of a more than 15-year career, Tirkey has a record of 412 international matches as a defender
- At the Olympic Games that held in Atlanta in 1996, Athens in 2004, and Sydney in 2000 respectively, he represented India.
- Padma Shree and Arjun Awards were given to Dilip Tirkey in 2004 and 2002, respectively.
- Additionally, he received the ONGC-Hockey Year Book Award in 1998 and the Ekalavya Award in 1996.
- In 2012, Tirkey took home the Showcase Odisha Awards.
Before Tirkey, elected as president the Hockey India was under the rule of a Committee of Administrators (COA) on the orders of the Delhi High Court, due to an alleged violation of the National Sports Code.
Why Committee of Administrators is in News?
To implement the recommendations of the Justice Lodha Committee, the Supreme Court constituted a four-member Committee of Administrators.