Twelve hockey teams from around the world will participate in the first Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore from 14-26 August. Six boy’s and six girl’s teams will play 36 matches in total to find the first two Youth Olympic Champions in Hockey.
To be eligible for the hockey tournament of the YOG 2010, athletes must have been born between 1 January 1993 and 31 December 1994.
The girls will start off on Monday 16 August with the opening match between Netherlands and Ireland. The boys’ tournament begins on Tuesday 17th August, Pakistan and Ghana compete in the first match.
Australia (Oceania), Belgium (Europe), Chile (Pan America), Ghana (Africa), Pakistan (Asia), Singapore (Asia) participate in the boys’ competition while Argentina (Pan America), Ireland (Europe), Korea (Asia), Netherlands (Europe), New Zealand (Oceania) and South Africa (Africa) meet up in the girls’ tournament.
Each of the six teams plays each other once in a round robin format to complete five preliminary round games. The top two teams at the end of the preliminary round matches play off in the Gold Medal Match. The 3rd and 4th placed teams play for the Bronze Medal, while the 5th and 6th placed teams meet in the 5th place playoff. The classification matches are played on Tuesday, 23rd August (girls) and Wednesday, 24th August (boys). The Medal Ceremony takes place at the same day as the matches, starting at 10.30pm.
The two tournaments are held in Seng Kang Hockey Stadium the same place where the Singaporean part of Men’s Junior World Cup took place in 2009.
It’s very hard to name a team as a favourite or a medal candidate because especially in youth tournaments surprises are always likely to happen. The 36 matches will become special ones in any way and it will be interesting to see whether the teams whose adults are top in the world will take the medals or a dark horse will reach the top.
The first Youth Olympic Games will definitely become an unforgettable event and experience for all participants.
The FIH tournament micro site www.worldhockey.org/yog will be bringing you extensive coverage of all the action from the first Youth Olympic Games. The site will provide all official information and news from the tournament, keeping you fully up-to-date with the latest scores and league tables. The site will also include written match previews and reports, action photos, video interviews and much more.
Posted 11 hours ago.
Following Sunday’s dramatic conclusion to the inaugural edition of the women’s Hockey World League competition in...
Posted 14 hours ago.
Australia scored first in their exciting clash against Germany, but the Germans showed experience to come back in the...
Posted 15 hours ago.
Two goals from Ammad Shakeel Butt opened up a 4-0 win for Pakistan over South Africa in the semi-final of the...
Posted 18 hours ago.
France came back from a two-goal deficit and scored three goals in a row to edge European Champions Belgium in a...
Posted 1 day ago.
For the Canadian Team, the Junior World Cup in Delhi was about more than just playing hockey: over the last few...
Posted 2 days ago.
A hat-trick of penalty-corners by You Seungju Korea brings back Korea from a 2-goal deficit to tie the match against...