The BOV Water Polo Summer competitions for 2020 will commence on the 21st July 2020 following the finalisation of the Enemed Cup which commences on the 15th July.
Joe Caruana Curran, President of the Aquatic Sports Association of Malta, accompanied by Anthony Scicluna, Chief Officer at Bank of Valletta gave details about the summer competitions during a press conference where all Health and Safety precautions were taken.
The ASA President started by thanking all the clubs for their collaboration during the past months that led to the competitions starting again in mid-July. ‘This year will be a showcase of Maltese talent since all the participating Clubs have agreed not to bring over any foreign players to mitigate financial losses suffered by the clubs during these last months of inactivity,’ said Mr Caruana Curran. ‘The competitions will see the clubs split into 2 groups according to the final classification of last year’s championship.’
‘Should the Championship have to end before Match day 13, being played on the 12th September, no teams will be declared Champions, while if the competitions have to be interrupted between the 13th September and the 7th October, just before the final play-offs, the highest places team as on the 12th September will be declared Champions,’ continues the ASA President. ‘The Knockout competitions will this year be played following the conclusion of the BOV Championship commencing on the 9th October with the finals being played on the 14th October 2020.’
‘To date, all competitions, senior males and females and all the Junior categories will be played at the National Pool to ensure a safer environment for the players, clubs, referees and all involved. As regards to spectators at the matches, we are in constant contact with the health authorities to ensure that we abide by their recommendations and also offer the fans the best experience possible.’
BOV Chief Officer Anthony Scicluna echoed the ASA President’s praise for the collaboration of the clubs during these unprecedented times. ‘This year we will have a bigger chance to see Malta’s talent shine and younger players will get their chance to show their skills since there will not be the participation of foreign players. Bank of Valletta invests considerably in local sports and we are glad to see Water Polo being one of the first disciplines to commence competitions locally.’
The President’s Cup has currently not been scheduled. The aim of this competition is to collect funds for the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation. Since currently there is no guarantee that spectators can attend the game, the game is currently on hold.
The BOV Winter League is this year being forfeited to concentrate on a successful BOV Championship.