Speaking about the Indian teams' prospects at the Qualifiers, Hockey India's High Performance Director David John said, By winning this tournament, teams become eligible for the Youth Olympic Games, so we have to go there to win. It will be challenging because it's Hockey 5s and the nature of the game can be quite unpredictable.
"Though Hockey India is promoting five-a-side hockey through its annual national championship event, the players need more exposure in this format. The teams are training hard under Jude Felix (for boys) and Baljeet Singh Saini (for girls) at the Agra five-a-side hockey facility."
Hockey was introduced at the Youth Olympic Games in the 2010 edition. The inaugural edition was an outdoor hockey event, in which Australia won the gold medal, defeating Pakistan 2-1.
In 2014, Hockey 5's was introduced, and Australia again emerged victorious, beating Canada 3-2 on penalty strokes after a 3-3 draw at the end of regulation time.
The girl's editions were won by Netherlands in 2010 and China in 2014.
John further the tournament will give the youngsters good international exposure ahead of the Junior World Cup qualifiers.
The qualifiers in Bangkok will give opportunity to the junior players to play an international tournament and see where they stand among the Asian competitors," he said.
"If we win in Asia and qualify for the Youth Olympic Games then it gives us an opportunity to compare this age group to other countries and assess where we stand," John added.
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