The tournaments missed by the two have set them behind in the Dutch internal battle for qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics. The country has three teams in contention, but only two can secure a spot at next year’s Games and, because of that, a good result at the World Championship, the event with the most points in play during the entire Olympic qualification period, could be critical for them.
Right now, Boermans and de Groot have 2,720 points compiled in just four finishes and a long way to go to catch Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen (5,160) and Matthew Immers/Steven van de Velde (4,540), which have each played in nine eligible events.
“It’s been a tough race as all three teams have been getting good finishes,” de Groot added. “We know that getting a good result in Mexico could be very important in terms of getting us closer to Paris and we’ll try and accomplish that.”
The Dutch were drawn into Pool A and will start their campaign in Mexico against defending champions Mol and Sørum, Italians Daniele Lupo and Enrico Rossi and Mozambique’s Jorge Monjane and Ainadino Martinho.
“I think this is a very tough pool,” the defender reacted. “Norway and Italy are both very good teams and we’ll have to play our best if we want to beat them. I don’t know much about Mozambique, but if they qualified, I’m sure they can play.”