The draw for the first round of the Olympic water polo tournaments has been made.
Both the men’s and women’s draws have now been completed and will play a crucial role in deciding which team will take home medals this summer.
Team GB’s men’s team will play in Group B and will face the current Olympic champions Hungary as well as Montenegro, Romania, USA and Serbia. The women’s Great Britain squad will face Italy, Russia and Australia.
London 2012 organising committee director of sport Debbie Jevans said: “This week we’ve tested our brand new water polo arena with thousands of fans cheering on some of the world’s best players.
“We will now be fine tuning our preparations and working closely with the Fédération Internationale de Natation to get ready to stage spectacular matches this summer.”
Organisers of the Games have announced that a new round of tickets will be go on sale this week and will include entry to some of the water polo matches, so any fans successful in getting tickets should consider booking a central London hotel to soak up the atmosphere in the city this summer.
The water polo competition will take place in the dedicated Water Polo Arena at the Olympic Park. A total of 12 men’s teams and eight female squads will take part in the tournament beginning on July 29th and ending with the finals on August 12th.
London 2012’s Water Polo Arena is the first ever dedicated venue for the sport in Olympic history. The venue is located close to the entry to the Olympic Park and has a 37-metre competition pool and a special training pool, with a capacity of 5,000 people.
Men’s water polo has featured in every Olympic Games since Paris 1900 but the women’s game was not introduced until Sydney in 2000