Manpreet-led hockey facet has a lot of high quality gamers: Dilip Tirkey | Tokyo Olympics Information

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BENGALURU: The Manpreet Singh-led Indian males’s hockey facet has lots of high quality gamers, giving the staff a superb probability of ending on the rostrum, mentioned Dilip Tirkey, one of many finest defenders India has produced.
“I’ve nice expectations from the present Indian males’s staff. I feel there may be lots of high quality within the facet, they usually have a superb probability of ending on the rostrum at Tokyo. I wish to want the staff all the perfect and I hope that they do nicely within the Olympics this yr,” mentioned Tirkey, who represented the nation in three Olympics – 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens.
Talking in regards to the pleasure of enjoying in his first Olympics in Atlanta, Tirkey mentioned, “Each athlete has a dream of changing into an Olympian, and I acquired an opportunity to play within the Olympics for the primary time in 1996. We had some large gamers in our staff at the moment similar to our captain Pargat Singh. I used to be very excited to play within the Olympics.”
On his recollections from 2000 Sydney, Tirkey mentioned that the 1-1 draw in opposition to Poland will all the time stay an enormous remorse for him and the Indian staff.
“We carried out very nicely within the league levels of the 2000 Olympics. We performed nicely in opposition to Argentina, Australia, and Spain and we would have liked to defeat Poland to qualify for the semifinals, however we could not do it. The match in opposition to Poland acquired so troublesome for us and it led to a 1-1 draw in the long run.
“We have been main 1-Zero after I scored within the 53rd minute however Poland managed to attain in the previous couple of moments of the match. If we had overwhelmed Poland, then we may have certified for the semifinals and after that something may have occurred. In order that draw in opposition to Poland has remained as a tragic reminiscence for us.”
The 43-year-old mentioned that there have been many thrilling moments throughout the 1996 Video games, together with Leander Paes‘s bronze-winning feat.
“There have been many thrilling moments for us on the 1996 Olympics. Tennis star Leander Paes additionally made historical past within the Olympics by profitable bronze. It was India’s first Olympic medal in a person occasion in a very long time. We acquired to see the US President Invoice Clinton as nicely, who visited the Olympic Village. I went to look at the athletics and soccer occasions on the Olympics as nicely.”

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