Mr. Dilip Tirkey is a former captain of the Indian hockey team. He was awarded Ekalavya Award in 1996, Arjuna Award in 2002 and Padma Shri in 2004. Mr. Tirkey He made his debut in 1995 against England. He represented India in 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics and had a total of 412 international caps. He graduated as Bachelor of Arts from Mohanpali College in Sundargarh, Odisha.
He received honorary doctorate from Sambalpur University in 2010. Mr. Tirkey was included in the Junior World XI in 1997, Asian XI in 2002,, World All-Star team in 2006 and World All-Star team in 2007.