Canada, American Joint Bid Wins for 2016 World Championships

A joint bid between cross-border counterparts Windsor, Canada and Detroit, United States will be the hosts of the 2016 Short Course World Championships, FINA announced today.

FINA is hosting a major bureau meeting this week ahead of the Istanbul World Championships and this assignment was one of the major agenda items. The 2016 World Championships will be the post-Olympic equivalent of this year’s meet in Turkey.

“I warmly congratulate the city of Windsor, the Aquatic Federation of Canada and Swimming Canada! I am sure we will have a great FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2016”, declared FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.

The meet will be hosted in Windsor at the WFCU Center, which seats 6,500 people in a hockey setup; that will be small compared to many World Championship host venues we’ve seen lately, though many times seats have gone unfilled at larger venues. This is the first time that a World Championship meet will be hosted in the Western Hemisphere in a decade (since 2006).

Interestingly, in their announcement FINA said they received interest from the UAE, Hong Kong, and Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan has never been announced by FINA as a bidder before, with Hong Kong and the UAE named as the other two finalists.

Next up will be the announcement of the 2018 meet. FINA had named the same finalists for that bid which would imply either the UAE or Hong Kong would be the hosts; however, Turkmenistan may be entering that competition as well.

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This truly made my day. It’s so far into the future, but I will be there…. so you should probably amend the seating to 6,499 because I’m putting down dibs right now.

“A joint bid between cross-border counterparts Windsor, Canada and Detroit, United States…” Is that code for: Canada is going to host the event and the US is going to pick up the tab?


Ok – Windsor has more doughnut stores and adult entertainment clubs per capita than anywhere in the World! Maybe best for athletes to finish their last event before going to those!


Given that FINA often selects venues based on creature comforts available for their home office staff, I do wonder if the Windsor Ballet gave the bid a boost and what that would say about FINA.

(I grew up in Michigan, and consequently think of the Ontario border cities in that very special safe but vice-filled way.)

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