Ex-India skipper Tirkey favourite to become hockey federation president

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After athletics, cricket and soccer, Indian hockey appears to be on target to get an ex-player as its chief.

Former nationwide group captain Dilip Tirkey, one of many most-capped India internationals, has emerged as a frontrunner to become the president of Hockey India. The 44-year-old player-turned-politician and administrator filed his nomination papers on Sunday for the Hockey India polls, which will probably be held on October 1.

Tirkey is presently the president of the Odisha hockey affiliation and was eligible to contest the nationwide physique’s elections on that foundation. A state official mentioned Tirkey had the backing of a majority of associations and no different main candidate had filed a nomination by the point of the deadline (1 pm on Sunday). The candidatures will probably be formally introduced on Monday.

Tirkey, too, was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India that he was assured of getting the requisite numbers to become the brand new president of the federation. “I’ve been in talks with numerous states. The whole North-East is with me. Bengal, Assam, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura all are backing me. Besides, I’ve been in talks with different states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan they usually have given a constructive response. So, I’m assured,” he instructed the news company.

Hockey India was ordered to conduct contemporary elections after a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court, in its order, famous that the posts of life president and life member have been unlawful and never in sync with the National Sports Code. It added that the post of CEO within the managing committee, too, was unlawful whereas additional noting that the executive setup of Hockey India was ‘illegally constituted’.

Consequently, the courtroom appointed a three-member Committee of Administrators to run the day-to-day affairs of Hockey India. The federation appealed the choice within the Supreme Court in August however the Bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and JB Pardiwala selected not to intrude with the Delhi High Court’s order, whereas asking the CoA to expedite the election course of to guarantee easy conduct of the Men’s World Cup in January 2023.

Current development

Earlier this month, the All India Football Federation too had to endure an analogous course of following an intervention from the courtroom and it ended with player-turned-politician Kalyan Chaubey turning into the brand new president. Tirkey is now in rivalry to lead the hockey physique.

“He has the help of a lot of the members so, in my opinion, he could have no downside in turning into the subsequent president,” mentioned Hockey Maharashtra chief Manoj Bhore, who is among the voters within the election. “Dilip has been a distinguished participant, has led the nationwide group, and after his enjoying profession, has finished lots for hockey in Odisha. He is the best particular person to lead Hockey India.”

The former defender, with greater than 400 appearances for India, joined Biju Janta Dal after his enjoying profession was over and was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha. He has additionally been concerned in running hockey in Odisha, the state that has emerged because the nerve centre of world hockey within the final eight years.

Tirkey mentioned his focus will probably be to work on the grassroots and likewise revive the game in areas the place it was as soon as thriving. “I would really like to strengthen the grassroots programme. I’ll work in the direction of figuring out the explanations behind the decline of hockey in these states the place it was fashionable and produced gamers, and take corrective steps and revive the sport there. We will go to these locations and work in the direction of the event and promotion of hockey,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.

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