December 1, 2022
Hockey India President Dilip Tirkey wants to promote hockey in states like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu


File photo of Dilip Tirkey.© AFP

Hockey India’s newly-elected president Dilip Tirkey on Sunday said one of his priorities would be to promote hockey at the grassroots level by installing more artificial turf in states like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. His immediate priority though is the Men’s World Cup to be held in Odisha in January next year. “States like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and cities like Mumbai and Bhopal are important. I will go to these places and see to develop the sport from the grassroots level. We need more artificial turf in these places to groom the talent. is required,” Tirkey said.

On his election as the head of Indian hockey, Tirkey said, “As a player, I worked hard and represented the country in the Olympics and other major international tournaments. Now, I have been entrusted with a new challenge.

“There are high expectations and my immediate priority is the World Cup to be held in Odisha from January 13 next year,” he said in a release.

Regarded as one of the finest defenders of world hockey during his playing days, the HI chief said that the 36th National Games in Gujarat will unearth new talent.

He said, “Indian hockey is in a state of revival. The youth are once again taking it up in large numbers and can finalize the national sporting game.”

“Since only the top eight men’s and women’s teams will compete, hockey will be of the highest quality. Young players can showcase their talent and hope to reach the national level,” he suggested, adding that selectors would be in attendance.

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Hockey action will start from October 2 in Rajkot.

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