Apparently under pressure, former India captain Dilip Tirkey on Friday turned down the offer by the rejuvenated Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) to become a part of the four-member national selection committee.
"I am not accepting the appointment as a selector by the IHF. Air India has not given me permission for this," Tirkey told PTI in Bhubaneswar.
"Since I have to abide by what my department (Air India) wants me to do, I am not going to participate as a national selector in the ongoing men's national (at Bhopal)," the Olympian said.
Stating that he had received a communication from the IHF regarding his appointment as a selector, Tirkey said he has already conveyed to the Federation his inability to accept the offer.
Evading a direct reply the controversies engulfing Indian Hockey in recent past, Tirkey said "there are a lot of things. I don't want to get embroiled in the controversy involving IHF and Hockey India."