Asian Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers 2018: India Men's and Women's Junior Hockey Teams start off with thumping wins
Men's team thrash Thailand 25-0
The Asian Youth Olympic Games qualifiers are currently taking place in Bangkok, Thailand. The five-day tournament is a qualifying event for the Youth Olympic Games 2018 which is set to take place at Buenos Aires, Argentina later in the year.
Men’s Pool A consists of India, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong China, and Thailand. The Indian men's team faced Thailand to start their campaign and were off to a flyer. Led by Vivek Sagar Prasad, the youngsters thrashed Thailand 25-0.
Alishan was the star performer as he scored six goals, while Rahul also notched up five goals. Vivek (4), Rabichandra (4), Sanjay (2), Maninder (2), Shivam (1), and Yashdeep (1) all got into the act. This match proved to be a cakewalk for India and they have tougher challenges coming up next.
Defeating the hosts in their own backyard is one thing, but by such a margin is something very commendable.
Women's team beat Singapore 14-0
Women's Pool B comprises of Korea, India, Thailand, and Singapore. The India Junior Women's Team was pitted against Singapore in their first match. Similar to the Men's Junior Hockey Team, the Indian girls also breezed past their opponents, wreaking havoc on Singapore, as they won 14-0. Sangita, with six goals, was the top scorer for the Indian eves.
Lalremsiami provided a blistering performance as well, netting three goals. While the India Women's Junior Team had a comprehensive victory, it was still not the biggest win of the day in the women's division as Japan defeated Hong Kong China 20-1.
Captain Salima Tete and Lalremsiami, who scored a brilliant hattrick, were also part of the of the senior team which made it to the semi-final of the Gold Coast CWG. Courtesy of their win, India are currently on top of Pool B.
The young girls and boys are looking poised to book their berths at the Youth Olympic Games but still, there are a few matches to go.