Fina, the global governing body of aquatic sports, has opted to return its 2025 and 2027 World Championships and World Masters Championships to Kazan and Budapest, a decade on from when the events were last held in the Russian and Hungarian cities.
Fina made the announcement yesterday (Sunday) amid the ongoing 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Fina president Julio Maglione said stability was a key reason behind the decision, with four other cities having originally been involved in the bidding process.
Those cities were Belgrade (Serbia), Greensboro (United States), Guangzhou (China) and Kyiv (Ukraine). Making the announcement at a press conference, Maglione said: “It is very important for Fina to ensure the stability of its calendar and give the appropriate time to organisers, in order to provide optimal conditions to all participants in the Championships. I am sure the Aquatic Festivals in 2025 and 2027 will stay in good hands.”
Following Gwangju 2019, the World Championships will head to Fukuoka in Japan (2021) and Doha in Qatar (2023). The award of the 2021 and 2023 World Championships to the Japanese city and the Qatari capital was made in February 2016 after a vote of the Fina Bureau ahead of the staging of the World Aquatics Gala in Budapest. The Chinese city of Nanjing was the third bidder for the organisation of the championships.
In March 2015, Fina opened a new bidding process for its 2021 Worlds after confirming that Budapest would stage the 17th World Championships and World Masters Championships in July 2017. The Hungarian capital had been awarded the 2021 event, but replaced Guadalajara as host for 2017 after funding concerns forced the Mexican city to withdraw.
Kazan, the capital of Russia’s Tatarstan region, and Budapest, the capital of Hungary, previously held the Championships in 2015 and 2017, respectively.