In land of hockey, star player Dilip Tirkey aims at scoring winning goal for BJD

New Delhi, Apr 19 (PTI) Hockey India president, former India captain and Rajya Sabha MP till 2018. Star player Dilip Tirkey is all of those and now aims at scoring a winning goal in the electoral field as the Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) Lok Sabha candidate from Odisha’s Sundergarh constituency, where hockey is not just a sport but a way of life.

Tirkey contested the Sundergarh seat in 2014 and lost to BJP’s Jual Oram. Ten years later, the star who helped put the tribal dominated area on the world hockey map is confident the result will be different this time and voters will back not just him but Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who has made such a significant contribution to promoting the sport.

“A lot has changed in the last 10 years. A lot of development work has been done in Odisha, be it in education, health or sports,” Tirkey, who has played more than 400 international matches for India, told

Source: PTI News


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