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Bidders line up for Fina Short Course Worlds

Fina, the global governing body of aquatic sports, has announced that four destinations will contend hosting rights for the 2022 and 2024 editions of its World Swimming Championships (25m) events.

Budapest in Hungary, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, and the Russian city of Kazan are in contention to stage the events, which will also include the World Aquatics Convention. The Fina Bureau will announce the winning bids on July 17.

In September, Germany and Switzerland were also announced as interested parties in the hosting rights. Following the 2016 event in Windsor, Canada, the two subsequent editions of the World Swimming Championships (25m) will take place in 2018 in Hangzhou (China) and in 2020 in Abu Dhabi (UAE).

Budapest – the destination for Fina’s 2017 World Aquatics Championships, which commence tomorrow (Friday) – has also been awarded hosting rights for next year’s Fina World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships.

In other news, Fina has announced that it will provide financial assistance to future hosts of the World Junior Swimming Championships, starting from the 2019 edition.

Meanwhile, Fina has confirmed that a new synchronised swimming event will be added to this year’s World Aquatics Championships – the Highlight Routine. The event will feature 10 swimmers.

Required elements for this routine, to be performed by all athletes, include a minimum of four acrobatic movements (jumps, throws, lifts, stacks or platforms), a connected or intertwined action, and a float to create a kaleidoscopic effect.