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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.


1 comments
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.