The Olympic Delivery Authority has approved plans for the water polo arena for the 2012 Games.
Mindful of the fact that water polo isn't really near the top of Britain's national sports, the arena is a temporary one, and is designed to be easily disassembled and re-built elsewhere. The arena's elegant, sloping roof is padded with PVC to aid insulation and keep out condensation; it will house a competition pool and a smaller warm-up pool.
Though Brits may not be too keen on water polo, the people behind the above render clearly have high hopes. To judge by the two flags represented in the crowd, they're imagining a final match between Team GB and Hungary. The Hungarians are dominant in the sport: they've been victorious 15 times in the Olympics (including Gold medals in the last three Games) and also have nine World Championships, five World Leagues, 11 World Cups, and 23 European Championships to their name. They were also involved in probably the most violent game of water polo in history. We wouldn't bet against them in 2012.
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