WATER POLO was originally seen as an aquatic form of rugby.
However, it is actually more akin to handball, but a lot more difficult!
- How it works
Water Polo is a seven-a-side game, and a game is divided into four periods, each lasting eight minutes.
A team has 30 seconds when in possession to score, otherwise the ball is given to the opposition.
Touching the bottom of the pool, or its side is forbidden.
- Water Polo in London
Water Polo is taking place in a specifically constructed arena in the Olympic Park.
Teams are divided in to two groups, before progressing to the knock-out games.
Look out for: cheating – or ‘ways of gaining an advantage’. Not everyone can see what goes on under the water.
Not to be confused with: Polo. No similarities at all apart from the name!
Useless but informative fact: the longest running water polo is competition is played between Oxford and Cambridge universities, starting way back in 1891.
Water Polo in two words: splash ‘n’ grab.
Water Polo takes place at the Water Polo Arena from Sunday 29 July to Sunday 12 August.