Newly-elected Hockey India president Dilip Tirkey on Sunday mentioned one in all his priorities might be to advertise hockey on the grassroots stage by organising extra synthetic turfs in states like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
His instant precedence although is the lads’s World Cup to be held in Odisha in January subsequent 12 months.
“States like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and cities like Mumbai and Bhopal are essential. I’ll go to those locations and look to develop the sport from the grassroots stage. We’d like extra synthetic turfs in these locations to groom expertise,” Tirkey mentioned.
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On his election as head of Indian hockey, Tirkey mentioned, “As a participant, I labored exhausting and represented the nation within the Olympics and different main worldwide tournaments. Now, I’ve been entrusted with a brand new problem.
“There are a variety of expectations and my instant precedence is the World Cup in Odisha from January 13 subsequent 12 months,” he mentioned in a launch.
Regarded one in all world hockey’s most interesting defenders throughout his taking part in days, the HI chief mentioned the thirty sixth Nationwide Video games in Gujarat will unearth new expertise.
“Indian hockey is in revival mode. Kids are taking it in massive numbers as soon as once more and the Nationwide Video games might effectively give the ultimate push that the game wants,” he mentioned.
“As solely the highest eight males’s and ladies’s groups might be in competitors, hockey might be of the best high quality. Younger gamers can showcase their expertise and hope to get into nationwide reckoning,” he acknowledged, suggesting that the selectors can be in attendance.
Hockey motion will start in Rajkot on October 2.
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