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Indian junior hockey teams qualify for Youth Olympic Games

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Indian junior men's and women's teams have qualified for the 5's competition at the Youth to be held from October 6 to 18, Federation (FIH) announced today.

In the men's category, will face stiff competition from defending champion and silver medallists along with hosts Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Poland, Mexico, Malaysia, Kenya, and

The women's team will also have their task cut-out as 2014 gold medallists China, hosts Argentina, Austria, Poland, Uruguay, Mexico, Australia, Namibia, South Africa, and will be the other 11 teams giving them competition.

The tournament at the Games will follow the Hockey 5s format where a total of 12 teams in both men's and women's category will compete between October 7 to 14 at Youth Olympic Park.

This is the first time, both the junior teams will participate in the Youth after having missed the first two editions in 2010 and 2014.

Hockey (HI) congratulated the teams for attaining qualification.

"Both the Junior Men's and Women's teams have worked really hard to qualify for the 2018 Youth I would like to congratulate the teams for showing great determination and securing their place in the quadrennial event for the first time," he said.

"The Hockey 5s format is very fast-paced and I feel that both our teams are very well equipped to be able to perform exceptionally at the Games in come October."

The teams had qualified for the event after participating in the Asian Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers in Bangkok, in April where the men's team defeated 2-1 in the finals in shootout, while the women's team finished runners-up after losing 1-4 to in their summit clash.

The Indian men's team had attained qualification by remaining undefeated throughout their campaign in the Qualifiers.

The team played a total of four Pool matches which saw them win 25-0 against Thailand, 6-2 against Japan, 21-0 against Hong Kong and 12-5 against

In the semi-finals, they overcame 9-2, before coming up on top against a strong Malaysian team, which had held 4-4 in regulation time.

The Indian junior women's team also had a successful outing in as they finished second behind

The young team won all three of their Pool matches, beating 14-0, 10-0 and hosts 9-0 to progress to the semi-final where they defeated 4-2.

However, in the Final match, the Indian team could not overcome China's challenge as they lost 1-4.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 19:40 IST