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World Class Water Polo Action in Singapore


Singapore gets its first taste of World Class Water Polo Action. (Photo: SSC)

The Singapore water polo community is in seven heaven as top teams from
Europe convened in Singapore to engage in friendly warm-up competitions as part of their preparation for the Fina World Water Polo Championship.

 

Touching down in Singapore a few days ago, defending champions Serbia, along with Spain, Croatia, Germany and Australia are here to train and play in a series of friendlies as they  prepare themselves for the heat and humidity of Asia.

 

Choosing Singapore as the location to train is certainly a boost for the Republic’s goal of developing Singapore into a regional sports hub.

 

“This benefits Singapore as the public will get to see first hand, how top level games are played. It also benefits Singapore when such teams choose us (Singapore) as the place for them to train as this supports the Singapore Sport Council’s effort in developing Singapore into a sports hub,” said Ivan Tan, Vice President of water polo, Singapore Swimming School.

 

The public certainly got to experience two top-level games yesterday as Serbia faced off their Balkan neighbours Croatia while Germany took up the friendly match with Spain.

 

It was definitely a night of pulsating action as Serbia played out a 9-9 draw while Germany beat Spain by 10-9 in an extremely engaging match.

 

After the draw, Serbian head coach Dejan Udovicic shared how the results and pressure of having to defend the title is not affecting him right now, rather it is the temperature of our waters that is giving him the biggest headache.

“The temperature in the water is very hot, because of that we need regular substitutions. The water is here 31 degrees and my boys are not used to it, the regulation temperature is 26 degrees,” said the Serb.

 

German head coach Hagen Stamm also shared the same sentiments with the Serbs as he said, “I like everything here, the hotel is good, the facilities are good, everything except the warm water.”

 

Though the warm water might have caused a few problems for the coaches and their players, they were definitely happy to choose Singapore as the venue to train before a major tournament and this definitely bodes well with the Republic’s goal.

 

Tongue in cheek, German head coach Hagen Stamm joked, “Maybe you can send some of the heat to Germany, we don’t have enough energy back home.”