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China, Korea, Japan together in water polo

2010-10-07 16:45:00 OCA

07 Oct 2010 - Guangzhou, China: China will face regional rivals Korea and Japan when they defend their men’s water polo title at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou next month. The three East Asian powers were all drawn into Group A, along with Qatar and Hong Kong, in the team draw ceremony at the Garden Hotel on Thursday.

China and Kazakhstan were seeded first and second based on the results of the last Asian Championship, followed by Japan and Kuwait and Singapore and Hong Kong. Iran, Korea, Saudi Arabia and Qatar were not ranked.

Shortly after the draw, organisers were informed that Iran had withdrawn from the men’s water polo and were removed from Group B.

The draw is as follows:

Men

Group A: Qatar, Korea, China, Japan, Hong Kong.

Group B: Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Kazakhstan.

Women

China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India.

China have won the men’s gold medal on five occasions, followed by Japan with four, Kazakhstan with three and India, Singapore and Iran with one apiece. In 2006, China won gold, Japan silver and Kazakhstan bronze.

Women’s water polo will make its debut in Guangzhou, and the four teams will play a round-robin competition.

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