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Odisha's efforts for hockey have reflected in people supporting me, says new Hockey India president Dilip Tirkey

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Tirkey spoke to about his new post that comes with new challenges. The HI elections were due on October 1, but with no contestants for the posts, the names of the office-bearers elected unopposed were announced on Thursday.

Read AlsoDilip Tirkey becomes first player-president of Hockey IndiaFormer India captain Dilip Tirkey on Friday became Hockey India's first player-president after his unopposed election to the top post as yet another sportsperson has grabbed the top job in a National Sports Federation (NSF).

Bhola Nath Singh, who had also filed his nomination for the president's post before withdrawing it, will be the new secretary general of the federation.

The 44-year-old Tirkey, who is the most capped India international with 412 matches, spoke to hours after being elected as the new HI president.

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