Last time, it was Shanghai 2011. This year, it’s Barcelona 2013. Next up are Kazan 2015 and Guadalajara 2017.
We now know the next two destinations as FINA is reaching far out to establish some stability in its calendar:
Gwangju, South Korea and Budapest, Hungary will host the 2019 and 2021 FINA World Aquatics Championships, respectively.
They won the bidding over Baku, Azerbaijan and the UAE.
Gwangju is a city of 1.4 million in South Korea, and is the host of the 2015 World University Games. Similarly as to how FINA has done with Kazan, Russia, they will follow the WUG’s four years later with the hosting of their World Aquatics Championships. The city has become a sporting hotbed, having hosted parts of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in soccer as well.
The pool in Gwangju is designed for a permanent capacity of just under 4,000 seats, but for the World Aquatics Championships it will be expandable to 15,000 seats.
The new construction will include a race pool (10 lanes, 50m X 25m X 3m deep), a diving pool (33m X 25m X 5m deep), and a practice pool (8 lanes, 50m X 21m).
Budapest is upgrading from its frequent duty as hosting the European Championships over the last decade, and immediately after the Hungarian federation unveiled the plans for a brand new aquatics center. The Alfréd Hajós Swimming Complex is outdoors, which FINA has strayed away from since Rome. The new facility will lie directly across the Danube river from the existing pools, completing a massive complex that includes a pair of 50 meter training pools at an adjacent Komjadi complex as well.
Budapest is a beautiful and vibrant city in Eastern Europe of 1.7 million people, and though it lies off of the standard European tourist trail, it has become increasingly popular in the last few years. The swimming program continues to be one of the strongest per-capita in the world, and has a great history in aquatic sports.
This has been a good week for Hungary, as they were also awarded the 2016 World Junior Swimming Championships by FINA.
The full upcoming global majors schedule:
- 2013 (50m) Worlds – Barcelona, Spain
- 2013 (50m) World Juniors – Dubai, UAE
- 2014 (25m) Worlds – Doha, Qatar
- 2015 (50m) World University Games – Gwangju, South Korea
- 2015 (50m) Worlds – Kazan, Russia
- 2015 (50m) World Juniors – Singapore
- 2016 (50m) Olympics – Rio de Janiero, Brazil
- 2016 (25m) Worlds – Windsor, Canada
- 2017 (50m) World University Games – Taipei, Taiwan
- 2017 (50m) Worlds – Guadalajara, Meixco
- 2017 (50m) World Juniors – Budapest, Hungary
- 2018 (25m) Worlds – unannounced
- 2019 (50m) World University Games – finalists Baku, Brasilia, Budapest, to be announced 11/9/2013
- 2019 (50m) Worlds – Gwangju, South Korea
- 2020 (50m) Olympics – finalists Istanbul, Tokyo, Barcelona, to be announced 9/7/2013
- 2020 (25m) Worlds – unannounced
- 2021 (50m) World University Games – unannounced
- 2021 (50m) World Championships – Budapest, Hungary