Hockey India’s elections were due to be held on October 1, but the results were announced in advance as there were no candidates for any position.
Tirkey, who submitted his candidacy for the chairmanship of Hockey Odisha, was elected after Uttar Pradesh Hockey chief Rakesh Katyal and Hockey Jharkhand’s Bhola Nath Singh withdrew their nominations on Friday.
Tirkey, 44, is the latest addition to the list of players who have landed the highest job in a sports body. Recently, former player Kalyan Chaubey became the boss of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
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Tirkey says athletes can also contribute as administrators.
“I think ex-players should go into sports administration because they know what to focus on. Like Sourav Ganguly was in CAB first and then went to BCCI and is performing brilliantly,” Tirkey said. at PTI-Bhasha.
“I am happy that Hockey India has also elected a former player like me as president for the first time. Players go through many phases in their careers and they get better experience,” the former full-back added.
Adille Sumariwalla, who is also a former player, is the president of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
Bhola Nath was elected unopposed as Secretary General.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) approved the appointments of Tirkey and his team.
In a letter, the FIH said that when the number of candidates vying for a position is equal to or less than the number of positions, they will be deemed to have been elected unopposed as per the election regulations on the Hockey India website.
“Therefore, we are happy to observe that the Executive Council of Hockey India is elected as put on the Hockey India website and the election of positions was unanimous for all positions,” he said. -he declares.
The game’s governing body appreciated the efforts of the three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA), which included Justice Anil R Dave, SY Quraishi and Zafar Iqbal, in successfully completing the election process.
“We are delighted that the electoral process has been completed and a democratic body is now in place. We extend our congratulations to Dr Dilip Tirkey, Bhola Nath Singh and Sekar J Manoharan and look forward to working closely with them,” he added.
Tirkey, who is the country’s most capped player with 412 international caps, said there was a need to groom the next generation of players.
“There is a need for a specific training program for junior players, such as the need to prepare the next generation of drag flickers and goalkeepers and there will also be a focus on team fitness. “, did he declare.
“We saw how important the role of our drag flicker and goalkeeper PR Sreejesh was in the Olympics, but after that the next generation players will also need to be trained.”
He also said that there is also a plan to revive the Hockey League.
“We also have plans to restart the hockey league. This will be discussed with the committee and after discussion with the executive board, it will be pursued.”
Bhola Nath said he decided to withdraw his appointment as chairman to allow a big player like Tirkey to take the reins.
“I have stepped down after due consultation with Dilip Tirkey. He is a legend and we have decided to work together for the good of Indian hockey. Our goal is to see India win Olympic gold again,” said Bhola Nath at PTI.
“We will also work to develop the game locally and make national hockey stronger.”
Other elected members of Hockey India are Asima Ali (Vice President) of Hockey Jammu & Kashmir, SVS Subramanya Gupta of Karnataka (Vice President), Sekar J Manoharan of Tamil Nadu (Treasurer), Hockey Rajasthan’s Arti Singh (Joint Secretary ) and Sunil Malik of Hockey Haryana (assistant secretary).
The five members of the executive council are Arun Kumar Sarswat (Rajasthan Hockey), Asrita Lakra (Jharkhand Hockey), Gurpreet Kaur (Delhi Hockey), V Sunil Kumar (Kerala Hockey) and Tapan Kumar Das (Assam Hockey).