The new champion won’t be declared in Hungary, as well as in Italy, France, and Spain.
The Presidency of the Hungarian Water Polo Federation held a meeting today and decided to cancel the entire league season, which means that there will be no champions. But, the Federation still hasn’t announced if it will be relegations and promotions from a lower to a higher rank. But, according to the announcement, it can be concluded that the same clubs which competed in the leagues this season, will enter the same rank next season.
Most of the clubs of the Hungarian A1 leagues (men’s and women’s) were against the possible resuming of the league (the clubs had a meeting last week).
The Hungarian Federation today announced:
“Accordingly, the presidency met on Monday and, respecting the League’s proposal, decided to cancel the entire league season, not announcing a result.”
One of the crucial reasons for the clubs’ stance against the continuation was the fact that many contracts with players will expire at the end of May or in June.
But, that doesn’t mean that there will be no water polo games in Hungary this summer.
“If the possibilities allow, the next season would start with the Hungarian Cup in the summer, the details of which will be decided later. This is also true of the naming of international cup starters – a decision can be made after the future announcements of LEN.”, the Federation said.
Standings in the Hungarian A1 Leagues before cancelation
Men, Group 1st-8th place (each team played 15 games): 1.OSC 45 , 2. Ferencvaros 45 , 3. Szolnok 37, 4. Eger 34, 5. Miskolc 28, 6. UVSE 22, 7.Honved 22, 8. Szentes 19.
Men, Group 9th – 16th place (each team played 15 games): 9. PVSK 23, 2. BVSC 21, 11. VAsas 17, 12. AVUS 13, 13. Szeged 9, 14. Kaposvar 7, 15. Debrecen 6, 16. Tatabanya 3.
Women: 1. UVSE 37pts (13 games), 2. Ferencvaros 35 (14), 3. BVSC 32 (14), 4. Dunajvaros 30 (11), 5. Eger 19 (12), 6. Keruleti TVE 16 (14), 7. Szeged 13 (14), 8. Szentes 9 (13), 9. Tatabanya 3 (14 ), 10. Honved 0 (13).
As things stand now, only Croatian and Greek Federation announced that they were planning to resume their competitions during the summer. Other federations (Serbia, Montenegro, Germany, Russia…) still haven’t made their decisions.