Canadian men drop 2nd straight water polo match at Olympic qualifier

Canada’s hopes of competing in the men’s water polo tournament at the Tokyo Olympics this summer took a hit Tuesday.

Georgia stormed out to a 3-1 advantage in the first quarter and never surrendered the lead on the way to a 14-10 victory at Zwemcentrum Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The Canadians, seeking their first Olympic berth since 2008 in Beijing, were handed a second consecutive loss and saw their record drop to 1-2.

Before the tournament, CBC Sports analyst George Gross Jr. said Canada needed to beat Georgia and win its opening game against Brazil (it prevailed 11-7 on Sunday) to finish third of five teams in Group A and get a favourable matchup in the crossover quarter-finals on Friday.

With Tuesday’s victory, Georgia (1-1) moved ahead of Canada.

Reuel D’Souza had his first five goals of the tourney for the Canadians, with Gaelan Patterson adding a pair, while Sean Spooner, Nic Constantin-Bicari, Aleksa Gardija and Jérémie Côté also scored.

The 13th-ranked Canadians are off Wednesday and will face world No. 8 Greece on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. ET, a match that will be live streamed at

Canada was scheduled to play Turkey on Wednesday but the latter was disqualified from the tournament by the International Swimming Federation Management Committee after five of its players tested positive for coronavirus. A team can be disqualified if three or more members return positive tests, according to tournament regulations.