European champion Spain was assigned to the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer, using Dutch water trains. The United States, the Olympic and world champion, falls into the other group.
The Netherlands, which ranks ninth in the world ranking, will compete in the group stage in addition to Spain (third in the world) and also against Canada (sixth in the world), Australia (seventh in the world) and South Africa (twenty). In the world)).
The other group consists of the United States, Russia, China, Hungary and Japan. The top four countries from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals.
Tokyo will be favorites. The Americans are the Olympic champions of 2012 and 2016 and the world champions of 2015, 2017 and 2019. Spain is the best team in the Orange group on paper. The southern European country won a silver at the 2019 World Cup and a gold medal in the European Championships a year later.
Last month, Dutch water trains qualified for the first time since the historic 2008 Olympic title for the Games. The 2018 European champions needed a place in the final match of the Olympic qualifiers in Trieste. The Dutch snatched this week alongside a ticket to Tokyo.
The postponed Summer Games will take place from July 23 to August 8.