Day one of the men’s preliminary competition sees reigning Olympic Champions Hungary take on current European Champions Serbia. Great Britain’s men also play on day one of the Water Polo competition, taking on Romania.
Other notable matches in the men’s competition include Montenegro vs Hungary on Tuesday 31 July, with Italy, the reigning World Champions taking on Croatia on Thursday 2 August.
In the women’s competition, day one (30 July) pits Olympic silver medallists USA against Hungary, with Great Britain taking on Russia.
On 30 July, Italy take on the USA whilst on the 1 August, Australia take on China.
The first game at the Water Polo Arena takes place on Sunday 29 June, with the first semi-finals taking place on Tuesday 7 August for the women and Friday 10 August for the men. The women’s gold medal match is on Thursday 9 August and the men’s on Sunday 12 August.
The competition will take place at the Water Polo Arena on the Olympic Park, the first dedicated Water Polo venue at an Olympic Games. After the Games, the lightweight venue will be taken down and is expected to be relocated and reused elsewhere.
London 2012 Director of Sport, Debbie Jevans said: 'After a great test event earlier in the year, we are looking forward to welcoming spectators to this fantastic venue, and witnessing what will undoubtedly be an exciting Water Polo competition'.
FINA President, Dr. Julio C. Maglione said: 'The water polo venue is magnificent. The water polo test event held last May has shown the fantastic enthusiasm of the spectators and I am sure that we will have great women's and men's tournaments during the London 2012 Olympic Games'
Olympic Men’s tournament:
Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Spain, Australia, Croatia
Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Great Britain, USA, Serbia
Olympic Women’s tournament:
Hungary, Spain, China, USA
Italy, Great Britain, Russia, Australia
The full competition schedule can be viewed here
Notes to editors:
Images of the Water Polo Arena can be downloaded from: http://www.london2012.com/media-centre/
A full time-lapse showing the construction of the venue and aerial shots are available from the London 2012 footage library: http://footagelibrary.london2012.com
Find out more about Water Polo at London 2012: http://www.london2012.com/water-polo/
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