European Water Polo Championships to go ahead in January 2024 with two co-hosts

35th LEN European Water Polo Championship – Split 2022

Men’s event to be held in Croatia and Women’s event in the Netherlands

More details to follow

European Aquatics is pleased to confirm that an agreement was found with the Croatian Water Polo Federation and the Royal Dutch Swimming Federation to co-host the 2024 European Water Polo Championships at the beginning of January 2024. The Men’s tournament will take place in Dubrovnik and Zagreb from 4-16 January and the Women’s tournament in Eindhoven from 5-13 January.

This decision will allow a qualification path for the World Championships in Doha, as well as the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

President Antonio Silva said: “We were forced to postpone the European Championships in Netanya because of the terrorist outrages against the Israeli people. In the interests of the athletes, I am glad that we have been able to secure two great hosts and would like to thank our federations in Croatia and the Netherlands for doing everything possible to make these championships happen. By working together, we will organise these events in an optimal way.

First Vice-President Josip Vardovic said: “I also want to strongly thank the political authorities in both nations who stepped up to provide the necessary support and resources, at very short notice. I would like to thank the Prime Minister of Croatia, Mr Andrej Plenkovic, for helping to guarantee enough resources for use of two venues, just one year after Croatia organised the last edition of the European Championships, for both men and women, in Split. I would also like to express our appreciation to the Royal Dutch Swimming Federation for gathering the support of local and national political authorities to ensure the hosting of this event. We can now look forward to a great promotion of Water Polo in Netherlands and Croatia.”

More details about the revised tournament schedules in all venues, as well as other logistic details, will be sent next week.