Russia banned from European water polo championships in Split in September
March 4, 2022 – The European Water Polo Championships in Split will take place from August 27 to September 10, 2022 at the Spaladium Arena.
A special program awaits water polo this year, with world and European championships a few months apart. Namely, the first to be held is the pandemic-postponed World Aquatics Championships, and after early news that the Fukuoka tournament would be further postponed this summer, FINA announced in early February that the tournament would continue, but in Budapest. instead of June 18 and July 3.
The best water polo players in the world will therefore compete this summer in Hungary – and just two months later, Split will host the European Water Polo Championship from August 27 to September 10.
Europe’s top 16 national teams will face off this summer at the Spaladium Arena in Split. The draw will take place on April 23.
European Water Polo Championship, Split, from August 27 to September 10:
The European water sports umbrella organization (LEN) has decided that the Russian water polo team will not play in Split. The LEN has banned all Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in their competitions, both club and continental.
“The European Water Sports Federation (LEN) met yesterday and decided not to invite Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials to LEN events in response to the invasion of Russian forces in Ukraine, until further notice” , LEN said in a statement, adding that no LEN competitions would be held in Russia or Belarus until further notice.
LEN also expressed his support for Ukrainian athletes and the Ukrainian people.
“LEN strongly condemns the actions of the Belarusian-backed Russian government in its invasion of Ukraine. This act of war has ruined the lives of Ukrainian citizens and is completely against sportsmanship,” LEN added.
In addition, LEN announced that it supports a concrete humanitarian initiative of the Croatian Swimming and Diving Art Associations to welcome Ukrainian athletes and their family members as refugees.
This project, supported by FINA, will allow athletes to continue training and representing Ukraine in international competitions. This initiative is supported by the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, and the hosts will be Zagreb, Zadar, Rijeka and others, according to the LEN website.
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