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Fina awards 2018 short-course World Championships to Hangzhou

The International Aquatics Federation (Fina) has awarded its 2018 World Swimming Championships (25m) to the Chinese city of Hangzhou.

A Fina Bureau vote in Doha today (Tuesday) saw Hangzhou defeat rival bids from Lima, Peru and the United Arab Emirates.

Fina president Julio Maglione said: “The city of Hangzhou will offer optimal conditions for the organisation of these championships. There is a very strong commitment from the local authorities to have this event in this dynamic metropolis. China is an important partner of Fina and we are always happy to return to this beautiful country.”

The 2014 edition of the Fina World Championships (25m) begins in Doha tomorrow, while the Canadian city of Windsor hosts swimming’s premier short course meet in December 2016 before it travels to China two years later.