One organization’s efforts to transform water polo

The death of George Floyd in May 2020 sparked outrage throughout the world, feelings that had a strong impact on players and officials within the USA Water Polo and has since cast a light on the lack of diversity and inclusion within aquatic sports.

Omar Amr, one of the first African American athletes to compete for the US Olympic water polo team, said the response from the US Olympic Committee Council immediately following Floyd’s death offered support but contradicted the experience he and other minority athletes faced playing the sport and left him “pretty angry.”

“Up until literally six months ago, you could say anything you wanted in the water,” Amr said. “Somebody would drop the N-word on me in a game and the ref had no obligation to do anything.”

Leave a Comment