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Men's Water Polo Qualification to Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games

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Updated as of January 24th, 2020

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I've just read in croatian media that South Africa gets a free quota, which would be a shitshow.

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So when did South Africa decide to send their wp teams? Makes no sense at all. I wonder if FINA pressured them to send teams to get full continental representation.

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RIP Russia's and Georgia's chances for a quota if that's true. If there will be only 3 quotas for the OQT, Croatia, Montenegro and Greece will qualify. 

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7 minutes ago, Dunadan said:

Any official confirmation?

 

It's surely true that South Africa have relaxed their criteria and will have more athletes in Tokyo across many sports...https://www.sascoc.co.za/2020/01/24/six-months-count-down-to-tokyo-2020-olympic-games/

 

 

 

It doesn't help that majority of selection policies are yet to be published... Though I personally don't expect it to be true. Sending WP teams would be pushing it even for more relaxed standards, as they have already said no to way more competitive athletes (including London 2012 medalist Hartley).


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according to a few prestigious sources, it's basically confirmed (still, not official, but almost) that :RSA South Africa decided to take advantage of their "free quota" in both the men and women's Waterpolo Olympic tournaments in Tokyo...

 

therefore, for what concerns the men's division, the final qualification tournament ( :NED Rotterdam, March 29th-April 5th) will only award 3 spots...

 

and it's confirmed that it will be a 12-team tournament (so far, only the 5 European sides :NED / :CRO / :MNE / :RUS / :GRE and :CAN are officially confirmed as starters in this tournament...the remaining 6 teams however should be all from outside Europe, with more European teams -in ranking order- from the last ECH standing-by waiting for possible withdrawls of teams with priority)...

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