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Passages: Aleksandr Kabanov, Russian Olympian as Player and Coach, 72

Aleksandr Kabanov, who struck Olympic gold in 1972 and 1980 as a player for the Soviet Union men’s water polo team and a pair of bronze medals as coach—in 1988 as an assistant with the USSR in the Seoul Olympics, then as head coach for Russia in the 2004 Athens Games—passed away Wednesday at the age...

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Remembrances of Tibor Benedek: Water Polo Great Taken Too Soon

A. E. Housman’s “To an Athlete Dying Young” is an English 101 staple. Employing a simple rhyming scheme, anyone can easily follow Housman’s poetical path, culminating in a four-stanza punch line: Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honors out, Runners whom renown outran And the n...

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USA Water Polo Unveils Racial Equity and Reform Task Force

A new task force charged with ensuring zero tolerance of racism and expanding access to water polo for all – especially people of color, was announced today. Jointly commissioned by USA Water Polo Board Chair Mike Graff and CEO Chris Ramsey, the Racial Equity and Reform Task Force will be co-chaired...

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Statement from Pro Recco on Ratko Rudic's Retirement From Water Polo

Editor's Note: Following an illustrious career in international water polo, Ratko Rudic—the only man in history to coach four Olympic gold water polo medalists—has officially retired from the sport. In a statement translated from Italian, Pro Recco President Maurizio Felugo and Biancocelesti legend ...

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USA Water Polo Revises 2020 Calendar, Restructures Junior Olympics

USA Water Polo has announced a rescheduling of its 2020 calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic, with events aimed at restarting in August. It includes a restructuring of the National Junior Olympics. The 2020 Masters National Championships, originally scheduled for June 12-14, will be held in Oran...

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Passages: Terry Sayring Passes From Battle With Cancer at Age 81

ISHOF is sad to announce that Terry Sayring, the 2017 Paragon Award recipient for water polo, passed away on March 16, 2020, after a courageous battle against cancer. Terry was 81 years old. Sayring first became involved in water polo when, upon being discharged from the Marine Corp in California, h...