New Delhi: Former Hockey captain and ruling BJD`s Rajya Sabha nominee in Orissa, Dilip Tirkey wishes to work for the betterment of sports in the state.
"I am very happy that I got a chance to represent Orissa in Parliament. I always wanted to work for the betterment of sports and development of youth in my state," Tirkey, who represented India in 1996 (Atlanta), 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens) Olympic said.
Tirkey, who resigned from his post of Government Observer in Hockey India`s national selection committee and also relinquished his position as a manager in Air India, however, is not interested to be a part of active politics.
"Active politics is not for me. I am a sportsman. My focus is on social work and development of sports. I will always remain involved with Hockey," said the ace full back.
Tirkey will file his nomination tomorrow while the elections for three seats in the state would take place on March 30.
Tirkey`s entry in the upper house of the Parliament is inevitable as on the basis of party strength in the state assembly, the BJD can easily win two Rajya Sabha seats. It has 103 members in the 147-member assembly.
The "Wall of Indian Hockey" Tirkey debuted in 1995 against England and had a total of 412 international caps. On May 2, 2010, he announced his retirement from international arena on fitness ground.
He came back on field to share his vast experience with Indian defenders prior to Olympic qualifiers last month.
Till now only two Hockey players Aslam Sher Khan and Jaipal Singh have been the members of Parliament.
Moscow Olympic (1980) gold cup winning captain, Aslam was elected from Betul Lok Sabha constituency in MP, while Amsterdam Olympic (1928) gold cup winning team member Jaipal was Lok Sabha member from Khunti (then Bihar).