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Big defeat for waterpolo

South Africa’s men’s waterpolo players proved out of their depth when losing for the second time in as many matches at the 13th Fina World Aquatic Championships in Rome on Wednesday. The 12-1 setback to Canada will not have helped the cause of those lamenting SASCOC’s decision to not allow them to compete at last year’s Beijing Olympics.

Having been beaten 14-4 by Germany in their Group A opener, barring a mathematical miracle, the South Africans will finish the group as the last placed of four teams after they come up against Hungary tomorrow. The harsh nature of the defeat to Canada on Wednesday night can be seen that after scoring their only goal of the match at 1min 43sec into the first quarter on Wednesday night, South Africa then went goalless for the remainder of the match (30min 17sec). In truth, they had their chances and the Canadian goalkeeper had a good night between the sticks, but it was all too easy for the north Americans who controlled the game at their pace.

South Africa had argued they deserved to compete at last year’s Beijing Olympics, but SASCOC’s counter argument was that they would have had to prove themselves against better opposition than they had faced on the African continent, where only Egypt can be considered a nation that takes the sport seriously.

Given their display so far, they are going to have a mountain to climb if they are to convince SASCOC that, come London 2012, they deserve to be given the chance to compete at the next Olympics.


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