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FULL NAME: Ignace Tirkey
GENDER: Male
BORN: 10th May, 1981 at Lulkidihi village in Sundargarh district of Odisha.
FAMILY: Father (Walter Tirkey), wife (Masira Surin), younger brother (Prabodh Tirkey) and sister (Ansuta Tirkey).

LANGUAGES KNOWN: Oraon (Kurukh) - mother tongue, Oriya, Hindi and English
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION: Birsa Munda High School, Panposh, Rourkela.
TYPE OF PLAYER: Midfielder
OCCUPATION: Serving as Junior Commissioned Officer Madras Engineering Group, Bangalore. He joined MEG as hawaldar (soldier) in 1998.

FORMATIVE YEARS: Spent four years (1993-97) at the Panposh Sports Hostel in Rourkela.
COACHING: Received coaching from Sylvester Toppo, Kalu Charan Choudhury and Amulyananda Bihari at Panposh Sports Hostel.
HOBBIES: Music and dance


AWARDS:
*     Services Sportsman of the Year (2004).
*     Received the Ekalavya Award in 2003.
Received Arjuna Award from President Prativa Devisingh Patil on August 29, 2009.


INTERNATIONAL DEBUT: Vs Belgium, Feb/Mar 2001 at Cairo in Akbar el Yom Tournament.
LAST INTERNATIONAL APPEARANCE: Belgium Test Series, January 2008.
INTERNATIONAL CAPS: 202 (at the end of 2008 Olympic Qualifier in Santiago, Chile).
INTERNATIONAL GOALS: 12.


MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS
:

INTERNATIONAL:
Olympics: August 2004 - Athens (7th).
World Cup: Feb/Mar 2002 - Kuala Lumpur (10th).
Champions Trophy: Dec 2004 - Lahore (4th), Aug 2003 - Amstelveen (4th), Aug/Sep 2002 - Cologne (4th).
Asian Games: Sep/Oct 2002 - Busan (2nd).
Asia Cup: Sep 2003 at Kuala Lumpur (1st). Scored the game-winning goal in the final against Pakistan. Adjudged Player of the Final.
Afro-Asian Games: Oct 2003 - Hyderabad (1st).
Indo-Pak Series: Sep/Oct 2004 (Lost 2-4), scored 2 goals.
Champions Challenge Tourney: Dec 2001 - Kuala Lumpur (1st).
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: Jan 2004 - Kuala Lumpur (Last), Aug 2001 - Kuala Lumpur (5th).
Junior World Cup: Oct 2001 - Hobart (1st).
Asian Tour: May 2004 - Gifu (Japan) - 4-Nation Tournament (2nd), Captain.
African Tour: Feb/Mar 2001 - Cairo - Akbar el Yom Tourney (1st).
Australian Tour: Apr 2004 - Sydney - 4-Nation Tournament (Last), Apr 2004 - Canberra - 4-Nation Tournament (2nd), Jun 2003 - Sydney - 3-Nation Tournament (1st), 1 goal, May/Jun 2003 - Perth - 3-Nation Tournament (2nd), Jun 2002 - Melbourne - 4-Nation Tournament (2nd), May/Jun 2002 - Adelaide - 4-Nation Tournament (2nd).
European Tour: Aug 2004 - Leverkusen - 3-Test Series vs. Ireland (Won 2-1), Jul 2004 - Dusseldorf - 4-Nation Tournament (2nd), Jun/Jul 2004 - Amstelveen - 4-Nation Tournament (Last), Mar 2004 - Madrid - Olympic Qualifier (4th), 1 Goal, Jun 2003 - Hamburg - 4-Nation Panasonic Masters (1st), Aug 2002 - Amstelveen - Rabobank 4-Nation Tournament (Last).
Test series at home: Nov 2004 - Chandigadh - 2-Test Series vs Spain (Tied 1-1), 1 Goal.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
*     He was the captain of the Services men hockey team that won gold medal in the 35th National Games, held in Kerala from February 1 to 14, 2015.
*     Represented Services in the Junior and Senior Nationals.
*     Played a pivotal role in India winning four out of six titles in 2003.
*     Scored a thrilling match-winner against Pakistan in the 2003 Asia Cup final.
*     Led India in the 2006 Pakistan Test Series and 2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne).
*     Led Chennai Veerans in the 2005 PHL. Now a days plays for the Orissa Steelers.


PROFILE FIRST UPLOADED: January 12, 2009
PROFILE LAST UPDATED:
February 16, 2015


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