Singapore to host Asian Water Polo Championships from 22-27 March

SINGAPORE — Singapore is presently internet hosting the Asian Water Polo Championships from 22 Mar to 27 Mar on the OCBC Aquatic Centre on the Singapore Sports activities Hub, with Asian powerhouses reminiscent of Kazakhstan and China becoming a member of high Southeast Asian nations like Singapore and Thailand within the event that can function the qualifying occasion for the World Aquatics Water Polo World Cup, Division 2 Qualifier that can be held in Could in Berlin, Germany.

A complete of 12 groups, eight males and 4 girls, can be competing with the highest 4 males’s groups and the highest 4 girls’s groups incomes tickets to Berlin. Hosts Singapore are collaborating in each the boys’s and girls’s competitors, with the occasion serving as an excellent alternative for the Republic to pit themselves in opposition to extra established water polo nations.

Singapore males’s crew are in Group A alongside Uzbekistan, China and Thailand. In Group B are Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, Iran and the Philippines. The boys’s will play the spherical robin, earlier than continuing to the quarter-finals and semi-finals on the weekend, with the finals going down on 27 Mar. Within the girls’s occasion, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Uzbekistan will play one another in a double round-robin format. 

Photograph: Singapore Swimming Affiliation

The internet hosting of the Asian Water Polo Championships got here on the proper time for the Singapore Swimming Affiliation after a current announcement that propelled and showcased the native aquatic scene internationally.

“The Asian Water Polo Championships is barely second to the Asian Video games in relation to essentially the most prestigious water polo occasion in our a part of the World. Singapore is honoured to be given the chance to host an occasion of such stature. With the current announcement that the 2025 World Aquatics Championships can be held in Singapore, we’re looking out for competitions that won’t solely check our athletes in opposition to high opposition, but additionally permit us to realize extra expertise in internet hosting huge occasions,” stated Dominic Soh, Singapore Swimming Affiliation Vice-President (Water-Polo).

The boys’s nationwide water polo crew comes into the occasion having gained the 2022 Inter Nations Cup, a event pitting the perfect water polo groups in Southeast Asia. Additionally they completed sixth eventually 12 months’s Asian Water Polo Championships. On the identical occasion, the ladies’s crew completed fifth within the girls’s competitors.

“It is going to be an excellent check of how far we’ve come and the way a lot we now have to enhance if we need to be one of many high water polo international locations in Asia. Now we have set a objective of profitable a medal on the 2030 Asian Video games and occasions like this on dwelling soil can be an excellent alternative for our groups to indicate the house crowd what they’re able to,” stated nationwide head coach Kan Aoyagi.

The Singapore girls will tackle their Thai counterparts twice within the double round-robin format and can hope to avenge a 13-9 loss to the Thais eventually 12 months’s Asian Water Polo Championships. Within the males’s occasion, it’s the Thais who can be looking for redemption after Singapore beat them 12-9 on dwelling soil on the 2022 championships. The end result noticed Singapore end the event in sixth place, one forward of the Thais. 

Tickets for the occasion vary from $10 to $20. A bundle of 4 matches for the day goes at a reduced value of $30 per particular person. Tickets could be bought at

Beneath is the squad listing for the Singapore males’s and girls’s water polo crew for the Asian Water Polo Championships 2023.

Photograph: Singapore Swimming Affiliation

Photograph: Singapore Swimming Affiliation

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