5 cities have been announced as interested bidders to host the 2022 or 2024 World Short Course Swimming Championships, FINA announced on Tuesday.
- Chinese Taipei (Taiwan/Republic of China)
- Budapest, Hungary
- Kazan, Russia
The winners will follow the next three hosts, already announced: Windsor, Canada in 2016; Hangzhou, China in 2018; and Abu Dhabi in 2020.
None of the 5 interested bidders have previously hosted the World Short Course Championships as a city, though Russia has previously hosted the 2002 edition in Moscow.
Further, Kazan (2015), (West) Berlin, (West) Germany (1978), and Budapest (2017) will all have long course World Championship hosting experience by the time these two meets arrive.
As part of a meeting held in Lausanne, cities were told of FINA’s view of the “benefit,” “economic impact,” and “legacy” that they say are generated from these events.
Each federation or city, depending on the bidder, will now confirm their intent to bid, and each will give their formal presentation to the FINA Bureau in July 2017. The winners of the bids will be announced at next year’s long course World Championships in Budapest.
The timeline for this announcement, especially the 2024 event, is becoming longer-and-longer, possibly to give hosts more times to prepare. Prior announcement timelines:
- 2020 (Abu Dhabi) bid award was made in July of 2015.
- 2018 (Hangzhou, China) bid award was made in December of 2014
- 2016 (Windsor, Canada) bid award was made in December of 2012.