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Indianapolis steps in as new host of Fina World Junior Swimming Championships

Fina, the global governing body of aquatic sports, has awarded hosting rights for its 2017 World Junior Swimming Championships to the US city of Indianapolis.

The event will be hosted by the USA Swimming and United States Aquatic Sports governing bodies, and will take place next August at the Indiana University Natatorium (pictured). Exact dates are yet to be confirmed.

The Hungarian capital of Budapest had originally been scheduled to host the event, which is open to female athletes aged 14-17 and male competitors aged 15-18. However, Budapest is already due to host Fina’s senior World Championships in July next year and staging both events was not considered viable.

“Fina has very fond memories from Indianapolis, as we held there the 2004 edition of a very successful Fina World Swimming Championships (25m),” Fina president Julio C. Maglione said. “I am sure that the 2017 Fina World Junior Swimming Championships will also be superbly organised in this exciting city.

“Our young swimmers will take once more this opportunity, staged in a country with a great swimming tradition, to gain international experience and prepare their successful entry in the elite world. Many champions shining at the recent 2016 Olympic Games in Rio started their brilliant path in past editions of our Fina World Junior Swimming Championships.”

Singapore hosted the most recent edition of the championships, in 2015. The event launched in 2006, with Rio de Janeiro in Brazil having played host. The championships travelled to Mexico, Peru and the United Arab Emirates before Singapore staged last year’s edition.

Nearly 1,000 athletes from around 100 countries are expected to compete at next year’s event.