So far, sport federations of 10 European countries have officially applied to participate in the U19 European Women’s Water Polo Championships to be held in Chelyabinsk on September 9-16, 2012, organizing committee informs.
The first National team to apply, already in the beginning of July, was the Netherlands’ team. Next to confirm their participation were the teams of France and Greece. The other day the organizing committee received an application from Team Ukraine. The only country the committee is waiting for is Turkey.
As mentioned before, 300 athletes from 11 European countries will take part in the coming event. It is already decided that the first games within the team’s groups will be played according to all-play-all system. As per draw results, group А consists of Spain, Hungary, the Netherlands, France and Germany. Group B includes Russia, Italy, Greece, Great Britain, Ukraine and Turkey. In the course of the Championships, Team Russia will play its first game with Team Turkey on September 9.
According to Water Polo Championships sports director Pavel Nakoryakov, the national federations will announce the names of the athletes to participate in the event after 2012 Summer Olympics.