Budapest, Hungary has been awarded the right to host the 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships, replacing Guadalajara, Mexico as the hosts of the aquatics world’s biggest non-Olympic event. Guadalajara organizers pulled out of the hosting duties last month by proclaiming that FINA’s $100 million price tag for the event was too steep.
Budapest had been scheduled to host the 2021 World Aquatics Championships and World Masters Championships, and the bidding for those events will now be reopened.
“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,” said the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione. “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.”
The World Aquatics Championships are FINA’s championship events for pool swimming, open water swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, and the newly-added high dive discipline. Further, beginning this year in Kazan, the World Championships for the foreseeable future will be immediately followed by the World Masters Championships: the best adult amateur aquatic athletes aged 25 & up (sometimes way up).
Budapest is also due to host the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, which marks the first time that all three levels of FINA-sanctioned competition (junior, elite, and Masters) will be hosted in the same city in the same year. FINA gave no indication that they intend to continue that trend, specifically.
A brand new aquatics complex, announced in 2014 when FINA was awarded the 2017 and 2021 championships, will play host to all three events. The massive project includes three venues within a three kilometer radius of each other, and is expected to be completed by 2016.