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An in-depth look at Water Polo Canada’s arrangement to train in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, team-building under legend Giuseppe “Pino” Porzio as the men’s squad aims to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and much more…

Half a world away from home, quality competition is a top priority for the Canada men’s national water polo team.

The city of Morioka, in Iwate Prefecture, is playing a vital role in making this happen, including with in-pool workouts and games against Team Japan.

As part of the nationwide Host Town program being held and planned in numerous prefectures for various sports, Morioka is now an integral part of Water Polo Canada’s mission to achieve success at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and beyond.

The Canadian men still need to qualify, but they used a recent two-week training camp, including some work at Tokyo’s National Training Center, as a springboard for the future. The Canada women’s national team also held a training camp in Morioka a few weeks before the men’s team set up shop in late July. Water Polo Canada, the sport’s national governing body, considers its three-year agreement with the Iwate city, which was finalized in September 2017, a significant development.

At the time of the signing, Justin Oliveira, WPC’s high performance director, commented: “Leading up to the Olympic Games, it is critical for Water Polo Canada to take the appropriate steps to prepare our athletes and staff. Those steps include familiarization to a new environment, embracing and understanding a new culture and to find a home away from home while competing. . .”

Source: Canada’s national water polo squad forges new bonds during trip to Japan | The Japan Times