Serbia, China post wins at Water Polo Championship
KUWAIT CITY, Dec 14: Kuwait’s water polo U-20 team hopes to regain its balance in a match with the water polo team of the United States of America to be played Sunday afternoon, as part of the fourth round of Group C qualification round in the 20th FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championship at the Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Swimming Pools Complex, Kuwait, in which 20 national teams are participating.
Kuwait’s water polo team had lost its two matches against Iran (7-15) and Montenegro (7-42), whereas Iran was nailed 27-4 by the United States of America.
In the second round of other groups, Spain appears to be going for its second win against Canada in the afternoon, whereas Hungary which lost in the hands of Spain (7-9) might end up recovering when it clashes with Russia Sunday evening after defeating Egypt 19–7 Saturday.
In Group D, Greece seems to experience less difficulties in the group stages as it prepares to meet Uzbekistan to book it place in the quarter finals, whereas tough times stand in the way Brazil, which is scheduled to clash with Australia Sunday at 9:30 am.
The second group matches, which took place on Friday, saw Serbia defeating Japan (13-7), China beats South Africa (14-13) in Group A, and Spain defeated Egypt (18-4); Canada defeated Russia (12-10), while in Group B Greece beat New Zealand (14-5) and Brazil crushed Uzbekistan (23-6).
In a related development, head of Asia and Kuwait Swimming Federations Sheikh Khaled Al-Bader affirmed that hosting the championship in Kuwait puts her for the second time on the global sports map after enduring sports ban.
Sheikh Khaled praised the generous sponsorship of the championship by the Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim, noting his presence at the opening ceremony gave more support to local sports in general, and specifically, the water sports.
Sheikh Khaled also praised total support of the Public Authority for Sports and Kuwait’s swimming federation for facilitating the organization of the championship, which coincided with the opening of the new Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Swimming Pools Complex. He considered the development ‘pride for the youth of this country’. He also praised the efforts of volunteers and media outlets in their quest to shed light on water polo and water sports in general.