The city of Trieste in Italy will host the FINA Men’s Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament from April 3-10.
Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and South Africa will face each other in the North Italian city, all hoping to secure a spot for the Men’s Olympic Game Tournament in Rio de Janeiro this summer. As per the women’s Tournament, the participating teams were selected through Continental Qualification Tournaments or Continental Championships. The host country of the Olympic Qualification Tournament (ITA) is considered to be a representative for Europe.
The teams are divided into two groups as follows:
GROUP A: Russia, Slovakia, France, Hungary, Romania, Canada
GROUP B: Italy, South Africa, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Kazakhstan
42 games will be held during the eight-day competition in Trieste, with a preliminary phase running from April 3 through April 7 and the quarter final on April 8. The semi final and final rounds will respectively be hosted on April 9 and 10. On the last day, the Olympic draw ceremony will also be hosted announcing the Olympic groups.
The matches’ schedule is available here
The four best teams in Trieste (gold, silver, bronze medallists and fourth place) will secure a spot for the Olympic Games.
Eight teams have already secured a place for the Olympic Games: Australia, Brazil (as host), Croatia, Greece, Japan, Montenegro, Serbia, USA
The Draw for the Men and Women’s Olympics groups will be held immediately after the conclusion of the tournament on April 10.
Swimming news courtesy of FINA.