From July 7-17, the world’s greatest athletes will compete in non-Olympic sports at the World Games in Burminham, America. The Netherlands is also represented. The Dutch women’s and men’s polo team, among others, succeeded in qualifying after a long and uncertain road. Dutch canoe racer, Joep van Brakel, travels to Birmingham to perform his last trick. After that, he finished his run in canoe marathon.
Dutch boat polo on the rise
The World Games are the highest attainable in both canoe marathon and polo. In 2005, the Dutch men’s polo team won the gold medal at the World Games in Germany. In addition, they have won the World Championship three times and the European champion twice between 2000 and 2012. The women’s team first qualified for the World Games in 2017 and was then eliminated from the semi-finals. At the end of 2021, the women won the silver medal at the European Championships in Italy.
Jack Webers, chef at Dutch Canoe Polo: ‘After the successful years leading up to 2012, men had even less time. Now they are climbing again. Ladies have been reaching the top for a number of years now. Last year they finished second in the European Championship, which is a great achievement. In the last World Cup, both teams were in the top six. “
†They worked hard for it.”It continues and stands out. †They train seven days a week, 45 weeks a year. Their effort pays off. The World Games will feature the six best teams in the world as well as the host nation, this time America. Achieving podium status in Birmingham is the ambition of our women’s and men’s team. If one of them achieves this goal, we will be very happy.”
On July 11, Dutch boats will board the plane. Games start July 14th.
Kanoi Polo program and times
July 14 and 15
02:00 y / y / y qualifiers (Netherlands time)
09.30 y/y/y qualifiers (Netherlands time)
01:30 qualifying hour y/f (Netherlands time)
09:00 am qualifying m/s (Netherlands time)
01:30 h semi-finals m / f
04:50 AM Finals PM/F
look here program and times
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