GANDHINAGAR: Newly elected Hockey India President and Olympian Dilip Tirkey is confident that the 36th National Games will unearth several new talented players.
"Indian hockey is in revival mode. Youngsters are taking it in large numbers once again and the National Games could well give the final push that the sport needs," Tirkey said.
"As only the top eight men's and women's teams will be in competition, hockey will be of the highest quality. Young players can showcase their talent and hope to get into national reckoning," he stated, suggesting that the selectors would be in attendance.
Hockey action will begin in Rajkot on October 2.
Speaking of his own elevation in Indian hockey, Tirkey accepted that it was huge honour. "It is really an honour to lead a body that has such a rich history. I'm happy that the men's team had won bronze the in the Tokyo Olympics and hope to give the necessary boost to the sport. We have to look for ways to raise our game," the 44-year-old said. (IANS)