Split Confirmed to Host 35th European Water Polo Championships in August 2022

Daniela Rogulj



August 28, 2020 – The 35th European Water Polo Championships will take place in Split from August 27 to September 10, 2022, LEN announced today.

The Championships will be held at the 10,000-seater Spaladium Arena in Split, which was confirmed as the host city in October 2018.

Originally planned for the middle of summer, the European Championships will be held at the end of August since the World Championships have been moved from 2021 to May 13 – 29, 2022. LEN said they wanted to ensure the players had enough time to recover between competitions. 

A statement from LEN on Friday:

“To have our top water polo event in July 2022 would mean unbearable load for our great water polo players who will need to enjoy a substantial recovery period after an unprecedentedly busy spring. Athletes’ welfare has always been in the core of LEN’s policies and we shall never move away from our principles. The Croatian Water Polo Federation and the local organisers were all very supportive to hold the championships at the end of the summer,” LEN President Paolo Barelli said. 

“Though the event is still two years away, Croatia, the city of Split and the local water polo community are all already excited to welcome back the European Water Polo Championships to our country. International water polo events always enjoy a fantastic atmosphere here in Croatia and we expect nothing less this time. On behalf of the organisers and the city, we can promise to deliver another outstanding championships in 2022,”  Croatian Water Polo Federation President Mladen Drnasin added.

The event returns to Croatia 12 years after the competition was successfully held in Zagreb 2010. Russia, France, and Malta competed against Croatia for a chance to host the championship in 2022, but Croatia, with the support of the Government, the City of Split, the County, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, and SDUŠ, was convincingly chosen as the winner. 

Source: Total Waterpolo

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