FINA Water Polo World League Hosts More Prelim Matches

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 20. ACTION continues in both the Men's and Women's FINA Water Polo World Leagues this weekend, with preliminary tournaments being held in the following locations: Bochum (GER) and Madrid (ESP) for women, Casablanca (MAR) for men, and Adelaide (AUS) for both women and men.

Here are the Participating Nations at each location:

In Bochum (GER) – Group Europe, Women: Russia, Greece, Germany, Great Britain
In Madrid (ESP) – Group Europe, Women: Spain, Italy, France, South Africa
In Casablanca (MAR) – Group Africa, Men: Algeria, Libya, Morocco, South Africa
In Adelaide (AUS) – Group Asia-Oceania, Women: Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand
In Adelaide (AUS) – Group Asia-Oceania, Men: Australia, Japan, Iran, New Zealand

Here are the proposed Competition Schedules for each tournament:

In Bochum (GER) In Madrid (ESP) In Casablanca (MAR)
May 22 May 22 May 21 May 23
17:00 GER – RUS 18:15 ITA – FRA 18:00 MAR – RSA 18:00 RSA – MAR
19:00 GBR – GRE 20:00 ESP – RSA 19:30 ALG – LBA 19:30: LBA – ALG
May 23 May 23 May 22 May 24
16:00 GER – GBR 16:15 RSA – ITA 11:00 MAR – LBA 11:00 LBA – MAR
18:00 GRE – RUS 18:00 ESP – FRA 12:30 ALG – RSA 12:30 RSA – ALG
May 24 May 24 18:00 RSA – LBA 18:00 LBA – RSA
10:00 GBR – RUS 10:15 FRA – RSA 19:30 MAR – ALG 19 :30 ALG – MAR
12:00 GER – GRE 12:00 ESP – ITA

In Adelaide (AUS)
May 22 May 23 May 24
15:00 Men JPN – NZL 13:30 Women: CHN – JPN 13:30 Men IRI – NZL
16:30 Women JPN – NZL 15:00 Women AUS – NZL 15:00 Men AUS – JPN
18:00 Women AUS – CHN 16:30 Men AUS – NZL 16:30 Women AUS – JPN
19:30 Men AUS – IRI 18:30 Men JPN – IRI 18:00 Women CHN – NZL

NOTE, Men's World League: The winners from the three groups that competed in the European preliminaries of the FINA Men's Water Polo World League 2009 – and thus the first qualifiers for the Super Final (June 16-21 in Podgorica, MNE) – are as follows: Serbia, Italy, Montenegro (as host), and Croatia.

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