The men’s water polo team of Canada has withdrawn from the world championship tournament under way in Budapest, the Canadian Water Polo Association announced on its website on Saturday.
The “difficult decision” was made after “careful consideration” and “an open discussion with the athletes”, it said.
“This decision was made in order to ensure and preserve the short and long-term overall health, safety and well-being of participants, which always remains Water Polo Canada’s first and foremost priority,” the association said.
According to press reports, several members of the team have been infected with the coronavirus. After Canada’s withdrawal, group C features only three teams, namely Italy, Spain and the Republic of South Africa.