THE inclusion of the under 16 tournament in the MH Fiji Open Hockey tournament is a means to identify future national reps.
Fiji Hockey Federation (FHF) president Dr Robin Mitchell said he wanted Fiji to be represented in hockey at the 2014 Youth Olympics in China.
He said preparation for the Youth Olympics would begin this Friday when the tournament starts.
Teams from Suva, Lautoka, Nadi, Ba and Levuka are expected to take part in three-day under 16 competition.
"We want our national side to compete in the Youth Olympics in 2014 in China," Mitchell said.
"And in order for that to happen we must start our preparations as soon as possible," he said.
"That is why we have decided to have the under 16 competition during the Fiji Open."
He said competing in such a big tournament would bring the best out of the young players.
"The Fiji Open is one of the oldest tournaments in Fiji and it has a huge following.
"Having under 16 players compete in this will improve their confidence levels.
"We will use the tournament to select players who have the potential to become national reps and then we will groom them for the Youth Olympics.
Mitchell said Fiji would also bid to host the qualifiers for the Youth Olympics.
"We will also try and bid to get hosting rights for the regional qualifiers and it is likely we might because we are the only other nation in the South Pacific apart from Australia and New Zealand that has an artificial turf," head.
Meanwhile, the main competition of the Fiji Open will feature teams from Suva, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba and a male and female team from the Australian Fijian Hockey Association.
The tournament will be played at the National Hockey Centre in Laucala Bay.