The Croatian men's national water polo team has traveled to Gwangju, South Korea, for the 2019 World Aquatics Championships.
The Barracudas will try to defend the world title they won two years ago in Budapest and, in doing so, book their spot in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
"We will first land in Seoul and stay there for a few days to get used to things and also have two or three training sessions with the Italian team. We'll get to Gwangju on the 12th of July; three days before our game against Australia," said Renato Živković, the Secretary General of the Croatian Water Polo Association.
Head Coach Ivica Tucak has taken 14 players with him to South Korea, because he's not sure whether Marko Macan will be back in time from injury. If Macan is unable to go, Tucak will call upon Ivan Buljubašić. Also making the trip to Korea are Marko Bijač, Ivan Marcelić, Andra Bušlja, Hrvoje Benić, Luka Lončar, Josip Vrlić, Loren Fatović, Maro Joković, Javier Garcia, Ante Vukičeviće, Lovro Miloš, and Anđelo Šetku.
The top two teams at the World Aquatics Championships will guarantee a spot at the Olympics.
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