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Tough water polo draw

The draw for the men’s and women’s water polo tournaments at the 13th FINA World Championships in Rome from July 17-August 2, sees South Africa being drawn in a tough groups.

South Africa didn’t go to last year’s Beijing Olympics, a decision which didn’t sit well with the codes, but SASCOC president Gideon Sam has repeatedly said that there ÔÇ£is no room for passengersÔÇØ to London 2012.

Which means that the men’s water polo team will need to perform well in the World Championships to get a tick in the right box.

The draw is:

Men’s Group A: South Africa, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, United States.

Group B: Canada, Croatia, Serbia, Republic of Macedonia.

Group C: Germany, China, Australia, Italy.

Group D: Hungary, Brazil, Spain, Romania.

Women’s Group A: Uzbekistan, Russia, New Zealand, Germany.

Group B: China, United States, Canada, Brazil.

Group C: Italy, Greece, South Africa, Spain.

Group D: Hungary, Kazakhstan, Australia, Holland.

At the same time, was held the draw for the 15th FINA World Men’s Water Polo Junior Championships, in Sibenik, Croatia, from August 22-30, and for the 8th FINA World Women’s Water Polo Junior Championships, taking place in the Russian city of Khanty-Mansyisk from August 9-15.┬á

The South African junior men have a tough time ahead in Group A, paired with Montenegro, Hungary and Croatia.

South Africa’s junior women are in Group D, alongside France, Kazakhstan and Russia.

Tammy Heydenrych
Tammy Heydenrych

The draws for the ladies teams are incorrect. According to the FINA website, South Africa are in pool C with Australia, New Zealand and Canada.