LONDON, England –
One thing is for certain following the official draw for the Water Polo
Olympic Qualification tournaments. The Canadian men’s and women’s teams
will both face powerhouse nations in the all-important quarter-final
matches that will fill the remaining spots for this summer’s Olympic
Games in London.
The groupings for the men’s event, to be hosted in Edmonton from April 1 – 8 are:
Group A Group B
very confident in our team and I expect we’ll be well-positioned coming
out of the round robin portion of the tournament,” said Men’s Team Head
Coach, Dragan Jovanovic, who attended the official draw in London. “But
no matter what, our opponent in the quarter-final crossover match will
be among the world’s top teams. We’ll be the youngest squad in Edmonton,
but there’s no doubt in my mind that we’re capable of qualifying for
The groupings for the women’s event in Trieste, Italy from April 15 – 22 are:
GROUP A Group B
measure up well against all of the teams in Group A, so I’m feeling
good about our chances to win our quarter-final and earn a berth in the
Olympic tournament this summer,” said Pat Oaten, Head Coach of the
Canadian Women’s National Team.
from Los Alamitos, California, Oaten praised the Canadian women who
delivered some outstanding performances en route to a second place
finish at the Holiday Cup tournament, losing to the host U.S. 11-8 in
reality is that, among the top 9 or 10 women’s teams in the world,
anybody can beat anybody on a given day,” Oaten added. “But we’re
peaking at just the right time and I’m confident we’ll be ready to grab
one of those four Olympic spots.”
At the last Olympic Summer Games in 2008 in Beijing, China, the Canadian men’s team finished 11th, while the women did not qualify for the 8-team tournament.
For more information on Canada’s senior national water polo teams, visit www.waterpolo.ca.