2012 Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament: Venezuela Drops Out

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 22: Omar Touni of Canada is challenged by Jonas Crivella of Brazil competes in the Men's Water Polo first preliminary round match between Brazil and Canada during Day Seven of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 22, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

The 2012 Olympic Qualifying tournament begins on Sunday April 1, but there has been a change to the schedule now that Venezuela has withdrawn from the tournament just days before it was set to begin. The reason is unknown -- or I just could not find it -- all that was said was a short statement by Ahmed El-Awadi, Executive Director of Water Polo Canada:

"There's no question that it's an unfortunate development and we're very disappointed that Venezuela is unable to participate," said Ahmed El-Awadi, Executive Director of Water Polo Canada. "But the schedule has been revised and we're ready to move ahead with what we fully expect will be an absolutely fantastic sporting event."

That means it is one less team for members of Group B to worry about, but it does not affect the tournament too much since there will be no change in schedule to the final eight which is used for placement. Plus odds of Venezuela making it into the top four was unlikely.

With Venezuela out here is the new schedule, and game numbers stayed the same so disregard if the game numbers are not in order or are missing:

Sunday April 1:

Game No. 1, Group A: Montenegro vs.Netherlands, 3:50 p.m. ET
Game No. 2, Group A: Greece vs. FYR of Macedonia, 5:10 p.m. ET
Game No. 3, Group A: Germany vs. Romania, 6:30 p.m. ET
Game No. 5, Group B: Spain vs. Brazil, 7:50 p.m. ET
Game No. 6, Group B: Turkey vs. Argentina, 10 p.m. ET

Monday April 2:

Game No. 8, Group B: Argentina vs. Spain, 4:20 p.m. ET
Game No. 10, Group A: Netherlands vs. FYR of Macedonia, 5:40 p.m. ET
Game No. 11, Group A: Romania vs. Greece, 7 p.m. ET
Game No. 12, Group A: Montenegro vs. Germany, 8:20 p.m. ET
Game No. 7, Group B: Canada vs. Brazil, 9:40 p.m. ET

Tuesday April 3:

Game No. 13, Group A: FYR of Macedonia vs. Romania, 4:20 p.m. ET
Game No. 14, Group A: Germany vs. Netherlands, 5:40 p.m. ET
Game No. 15, Group A: Greece vs. Montenegro, 7 p.m. ET
Game No. 16, Group B: Argentina vs. Brazil, 8:20 p.m. ET
Game No. 17, Group B: Turkey vs. Canada, 9:40 p.m. ET

Wednesday April 4:

Game No. 21, Group B: Turkey vs. Spain, 4:20 p.m. ET
Game No. 22, Group A: Netherlands vs. Romania, 5:40 p.m. ET
Game No. 23, Group A: Montenegro vs. FYR of Macedonia, 7 p.m. ET
Game No. 24, Group A: Germany vs. Greece, 8:20 p.m. ET
Game No. 19, Group A: Canada vs. Argentina, 9:40 p.m. ET

Thursday April 5:

Game No. 25, Group A: Greece vs. Netherlands, 4:20 p.m. ET
Game No. 26, Group A: FYR of Macedonia vs. Germany, 5:40 p.m. ET
Game No. 27, Group A: Montenegro vs. Romania, 7 p.m. ET
Game No. 29, Group B: Brazil vs. Turkey, 8:20 p.m. ET
Game No. 28, Group B: Spain vs. Canada, 9:40 p.m. ET

The games also will be streamed online at FINA TV, There is no mention of any cost, also if they have an embed feature the games will definitely be here on the site to enjoy.

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