At the Olympic Games, the Dutch water polosters have been divided into a group with Australia, South Africa, Spain and Canada. That is the result of the draw that took place in Rotterdam on Sunday after the Olympic qualifying tournament for the men. The men failed to win a ticket for the Tokyo Games there.
The water polosters led by coach Arno Havenga had already secured participation in January. In any case, the Orange avoided world champion United States, which ended up in group B. “On the one hand, we would like to finish first in the group. But on the other hand, that also means that we can meet them in the cross matches somewhere before the final”, responded Havenga, who sees Spain as the favorite for the group victory. in group A. “They are the number 2 of the last World Cup and the European champions of last year. Australia is also a strong team, Canada is struggling a bit.”
The Netherlands also avoids top countries such as Hungary and Russia in the group.
The Olympic Games start on July 23. The Netherlands became Olympic champion in Beijing in 2008 and was missing the next two times. The title went to the United States in both 2012 and 2016.