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FINA investigates France for ‘tanking’ Olympic qualifier

Water Polo

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JULY 31: Zhangxin Hu of China looks to pass in the Men’s Water Polo Preliminary Round Group A match between Croatia and China on day seven of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Water Polo Arena on July 31, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The French men’s water polo team is being investigated for possibly playing to lose an Olympic qualifying match to get a preferred opponent in the next round.

FINA says it is “investigating this matter.”

France lost 13-5 to Canada in a group-stage match at the qualifying tournament in Italy last week.

A match report on FINA’s website said “Canada was more interested to win this match.”

Both teams advanced to the quarterfinals, where the four winners would qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Canada then lost to former Olympic champion Spain, and France beat the Netherlands, repeating its victory from the European Championships in January.

FINA did not immediately respond to questions about which rule France could have broken, or possible sanctions.

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