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Budapest confirmed as new host of 2017 Fina World Championships

The International Aquatics Association (Fina) has announced that Budapest will be the new host of its 17th World Championships and World Masters Championships in July 2017.

The Hungarian capital replaces Guadalajara as host after the Mexican city withdrew amid funding concerns last month.

Hungary’s capital was previously scheduled to stage the 2021 events but a new bidding procedure will now be opened for these competitions.

Fina president Julio Maglione said: “We are very happy to be in Budapest in 2017 and we are sure that the local authorities and organisers will host a great competition. Hungary is a country of sport and true passion for aquatics – the Fina World Championships and Fina World Masters Championships in two years’ time will consolidate and reinforce this tradition.”

This year’s world championships are scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9 in Kazan, Russia. Katinka Hosszu (pictured), Fina’s 2014 female swimmer of the year, is a major star in Hungary.