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UANA Water Polo Tournament to decide last two teams for FINA World Championships
UANA Water Polo Tournament to decide last two teams for FINA World Championships
 
Beside the two national water polo teams from the Americas, all sides that qualified for the water polo tournaments of the 15th FINA World Championships are known. The two teams from Americas, in the men’s and women’s competition, will earn their Barcelona berth at the qualification tournament that will be held at the end of this month. The men’s national team representing Africa is South Africa.
 
The deadline to get to know the 16 nations that will participate at the Barcelona 2013 FINA World Championships is February 4. Event organisers plan to make the official draws for the men’s and women’s water polo tournaments in February or March, offering fans the chance to obtain useful information before buying their tickets.
 
To date, the following teams have qualified for the Barcelona 2013 water polo tournaments in the men’s and women’s category:
 
MEN
Europe: Croatia, Italy, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Germany and Spain
Asia: China and Kazakhstan
Oceania: Australia and New Zealand
Africa: South Africa
 
WOMEN
Europe: Hungary, Russia, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Great Britain and Spain
America: USA
Asia: China, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
Oceania: Australia and New Zealand
Africa: South Africa
 
The Barcelona 2013 water polo tournaments will be held at the Bernat Picornell pool on Monjuïc Mountain and the 16 teams will be seeded into four groups. The women’s competition will start on July 21 and conclude on August 2 while the men’s tournament is scheduled from July 22 to August 3. Both finals will take place at the Palau Sant Jordi, main venue of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona.
 
Calgary hosts world championship qualifier January 30- February 3 
 
OTTAWA – The UANA qualification tournament for the 2013 FINA World Aquatic Championships in men’s and women’s water polo will take place January 30 to February 3 at Talisman Centre in Calgary.
 
This event will qualify two teams for both the men and women from the Americas for the worlds set for this July in Barcelona. The countries entered for the tournament are Canada, the U.S., Brazil and Argentina for the men and Canada, Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina for the women.  
 
For both the men and women, each team will play each other once in round robin play which will determine seedings for the playoffs.  In the semifinals, first place plays fourth and second versus third with the winners advancing the final.
 
On the men’s side, Canada plays the U.S., January 30, Argentina on January 31 and Brazil on February 1.  All games are at 7:30 p.m. (local).   
 
’’This is the first event of the new Olympic cycle so it's important we start on the right foot and set the right tone for the next four years,” said Canada’s said Canada’s national men’s team head coach Alex Beslin.   “Our system is based on team play.  We're healthy and in good condition.”
 
On the women’s side, Canada faces Brazil on January 30 at 5 p.m., Venezuela on January 31 at 5:20 p.m. and Argentina on February 1 at 5:20 p.m.  Canada has six returnees from the 2012 Olympic qualification and  three players who competed at the 2012 Youth World Championships.
 
“It is an exciting time for us with a combination of youth and experience,” said Canada’s national women’s team head coach Guy Baker.   “We are really looking forward to this tournament. We are currently in a semi-centralized training program with nine of the athletes on the 2013 UANA Cup currently training in Montreal. We have four athletes outside Montreal joining us for the tournament.”
 
For both the men and women the semifinals are on February 2 and the placement matches on February 3.
 
“With much anticipation and pride, we look forward to hosting the UANA World Championship Tournament at Talisman Centre. On behalf of the Lindsay Park Sport Society Board of Governors, our customers and staff, and as the National Training Centre for Water Polo Canada, we congratulate the athletes who are coming to represent the best in their sport and look forward to a successful and world-class event,” comments Jeff Booke, CEO of Talisman Centre.
 
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