FINA has announced early this morning that there are, at least, three Asian bidders for both the 2019 and 2012 long course World Championships.
Though these events are a long ways away, FINA of late has been getting far ahead of their schedule, now reaching a decade into the future.
Though the bidding cities have not yet been announced, the countries of Japan, Korea, and of course China (who bids for everything) have all proffered up interests in hosting the 18th and 19th edition of the championships. FINA did not say if these are the only bidders for the two events, but as international federations around the globe continue to try and capitalize on the exploding Asian markets, one would assume that at least one of the two events will land in the region.
The timeline for those bidding for 2019 and 2012 is as follows:
- January 16, 2013: Meeting to take place between FINA and interested National Federations/Cities in Lausanne. FINA will provide the interested NF’s and Cities with general information, background and details of the FINA World Championships and the Bid Process.
- April 4, 2013: NF’s/Cities to submit their Formal Bid to FINA.
- July 19, 2013: Presentation of Bid by each NF/City to the FINA Bureau at a meeting to be held during the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP); followed by the FINA Bureau voting and awarding the 18th FINA World Championships 2019, and eventually the 19th edition in 2021.
- Barcelona (ESP) from July 19-August 4, 2013
- Kazan (RUS) in 2015
- Guadalajara (MEX) in 2017.