It appears that there is a solution for organizing the European Aquatics Championships that were supposed to take place in Netanya in January.
A new piece of information from a reliable source came today.
It’s most likely that the European Championships for men will be held in Zagreb, in the “Mladost” pool. The sources say that the Croatian Government will support the Championships and help the Croatian Water Polo Federation organize the tournament quickly.
The decision has to be confirmed by European Aquatics after all official steps in the relocation of the Championships is done. It’s expected that European Aquatics will announce its final decision regarding this topic and the tournament dates soon.
The European Championships in Israel was scheduled for January 3 -16.
Since there was little official information about the Europeans after the war in Israel broke out, there was much room for rumors and unofficial news about possible solutions.
Recently, information that Berlin and Eindhoven were potential hosts for men’s and women’s tournaments, respectively, appeared. As for the female tournament, Eindhoven is still a potential host, according to the latest news.
Three teams from both male and female tournaments will qualify for the World Championships in Doha, while one men’s and one women’s team should qualify from the Europeans to the Olympic Games.
So far, four women’s and six men’s European teams qualified for the Worlds in Doha. Hungary, Greece, France (men), Netherlands, Spain and France (women) secured their participation in the Olympic Games in Paris.
Qualified teams for the 2024 European Championships
Note: teams marked with * qualified for the World Championships in Doha. The teams marked with ** qualified both for the World Championships and Olympic Games. France’s women’s team, which qualified for the Olympics as a host, but not for the Doha Championships, is marked with (**)
Group A: Netherlands**, Hungary*, Croatia, Greece
Group B: Spain**, Israel, France (**), Italy*.
Group C: Romania, Serbia, Czech Republic, Turkey
Group D: Slovakia, Germany, Great Britain, Bulgaria
Group A: Montenegro, Spain*, France**, Croatia
Group B: Georgia, Hungary**, Italy*, Greece**
Group C: Serbia*, Germany, Israel, Malta.
Group D: Slovakia, Netherlands, Slovenia, Romania.