Hockey India names Junior Men and Women’s Team for the Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers 2018

New Delhi, 09 April 2018: Hockey India on Monday named the Junior Indian Men and Women’s hockey teams for the Men’s and Women’s Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers 2018 to begin on April 25 in Bangkok, Thailand. The five-day event is a qualifying event for Youth Olympic Games 2018 to be held at Buenos Aires, Argentina which will follow the futuristic Hockey 5’s format.
Vivek Sagar Prasad, who is currently representing the Indian Men’s Team at the Gold Coast XXI Commonwealth Games, will lead the nine-member Junior Men’s Team while Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem will shoulder the responsibility of Vice Captain. The team includes goalkeeper Prashant Kumar Chauhan, defenders Rabichandra along with Sanjay while the midfield will see Vivek joined by Shivam Anand, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar and Yashdeep Siwach. Forwards Mohd. Alishan and Maninder Singh too find themselves in the Indian squad who are grouped with Korea, Japan, Hong Kong China, and Thailand in Pool A.
The Junior Women’s Team, on the other hand, will be Captained by Salima Tete and Vice Captained by Lalremsiami, who is in Gold Coast with the Indian Women’s Team for the XXI Commonwealth Games. Bichu Devi Kharibam will guard India’s goalpost while Salima, Ishika Chaudhary will form the defence, Baljeet Kaur and Chetna will play as midfielders and Sangita Kumari, Mumtaz Khan, Deepika Junior and Lalremsiami will be India’s forwards at the events.
The Junior Indian Men’s Team will play their first match against Thailand on the opening day while the Junior Women will begin their campaign against Singapore on the same day.
“The teams are currently training in Agra at the five-a-side Hockey Facility. For some of the athletes this will be their first major international exposure, we also have players who have the experience of playing for the senior Indian teams and will certainly be able to share their knowledge of international expectations with the rest of them,” stated David John, Director, High Performance, Hockey India.

junior Men’s Team:
1. Prashant Kumar Chauhan
2. Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem (Vice Captain)
3. Sanjay
4. Vivek Sagar Prasad (Captain)
5. Shivam Anand
6. Rahul Kumar Rajbhar
7. Yashdeep Siwach
8. Mohd. Alishan
9. Maninder Singh
Junior Women’s Team
1. Bichu Devi Kharibam
2. Salima Tete (Captain)
3. Ishika Chaudhary
4. Baljeet Kaur
5. Chetna
6. Sangita Kumari
7. Mumtaz Khan
8. Deepika (Jr.)
9. Lalremsiami (Vice Captain)