The cities of Kazan, Russia and Budapest, Hungary were announced on Monday as the hosts of the 2022 and 2024 World Short Course Swimming Championships after a vote of the FINA Bureau. The vote followed presentations from 4 bidders, with the two losing delegations coming from Hang Kong and Taipei City.
“All these cities/National Federations have worked very hard to present solid projects and I am sure that in any of them FINA would organise excellent Championships. Thank you very much to all the four bidders!”, stated the FINA President Dr Julio C. Maglione, before opening the envelopes with the winners’ names. “But we are in a sport organisation and there must be a winner. In this case, two winners!”, concluded Dr Maglione.
This outcome will mean that hosting for the two consecutive World Short Course Championships will follow the pattern of the last two long course championships – Kazan hosted in 2015 and Budapest is currently hosting this year’s World Aquatics Championships.
Last year, in a dramatic leadup to the 2016 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) asked all winter sports federations to freeze preparations for major events in Russia and to actively look for alternative organizers. That request did not publicly extend to summer sport federations.
As for Budapest, the post-Olympic World Championship duties will make for at least a small substitute after the city withdrew itself from consideration for the 2024 Olympic hosting duties.
By the time Budapest hosts, 12 out of the last 14 World Championships events (long course and short course combined) will have been hosted in Eastern Europe or Asia.
Long Course Hosting History:
|Year||Date||Edition||Location||Athletes||Events||Winner of the medal table||Second of the medal table||Third of the medal table|
|1973||31 August – 9 September||I||Belgrade, Yugoslavia||686||18 (m), 19 (f)||United States||East Germany||Italy|
|1975||19–27 July||II||Cali, Colombia||682||18 (m), 19 (f)||United States||East Germany||Hungary|
|1978||20–28 August||III||West Berlin, West Germany||828||18 (m), 19 (f)||United States||Soviet Union||Canada|
|1982||29 July – 8 August||IV||Guayaquil, Ecuador||848||18 (m), 19 (f)||United States||East Germany||Soviet Union|
|1986||13–23 August||V||Madrid, Spain||1119||19 (m), 22 (f)||East Germany||United States||Canada|
|1991||3–13 January||VI||Perth, Australia||1142||21 (m), 24 (f)||United States||China||Hungary|
|1994||1–11 September||VII||Rome, Italy||1400||21 (m), 24 (f)||China||United States||Russia|
|1998||8–17 January||VIII||Perth, Australia||1371||26 (m), 29 (f)||United States||Russia||Australia|
|2001||16–29 July||IX||Fukuoka, Japan||1498||29 (m), 32 (f)||Australia||China||United States|
|2003||12–27 July||X||Barcelona, Spain||2015||29 (m), 33 (f)||United States||Russia||Australia|
|2005||16–31 July||XI||Montreal, Canada||1784||29 (m), 33 (f)||United States||Australia||China|
|2007||18 March – 1 April||XII||Melbourne, Australia||2158||29 (m), 36 (f)||United States||Russia||Australia|
|2009||17 July – 2 August||XIII||Rome, Italy||2556||29 (m), 36 (f)||United States||China||Russia|
|2011||16–31 July||XIV||Shanghai, China||2220||29 (m), 36 (f)||United States||China||Russia|
|2013||19 July – 4 August||XV||Barcelona, Spain||2293||30 (m), 37 (f), 1 (mixed)||United States||China||Russia|
|2015||24 July – 9 August||XVI||Kazan, Russia||2400||30 (m), 37 (f), 8 (mixed)||China||United States||Russia|
|2017||14–30 July||XVII||Budapest, Hungary||30 (m), 37 (f), 8 (mixed)|
|2019||9–25 August||XVIII||Gwangju, South Korea|
|2021||16 July – 1 August||XIX||Fukuoka, Japan|
|2023||6–22 October||XX||Doha, Qatar|
Short Course Hosting History
|Year||Date||Edition||Location||Nations||Athletes||Events||Winner of the medal table||Second of the medal table||Third of the medal table|
|1993||December 2 – 5||I||Palma de Mallorca, Spain||46||313||16 (m), 16 (f)||China||United States||Australia|
|1995||November 30 – December 3||II||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||57||350||16 (m), 16 (f)||Australia||China||Brazil|
|1997||April 17 – 20||III||Gothenburg, Sweden||71||501||16 (m), 16 (f)||Australia||China||Sweden|
|1999||April 1 – 4||IV||Hong Kong, China||61||516||20 (m), 20 (f)||Australia||Japan||Great Britain|
|2000||March 16 – 19||V||Athens, Greece||78||563||20 (m), 20 (f)||United States||Sweden||Germany|
|2002||April 3 – 7||VI||Moscow, Russia||92||599||20 (m), 20 (f)||Australia||United States||Sweden|
|2004||October 7 – 11||VII||Indianapolis, USA||94||502||20 (m), 20 (f)||United States||Australia||Great Britain|
|2006||April 5 – 9||VIII||Shanghai, China||117||578||20 (m), 20 (f)||Australia||United States||China|
|2008||April 9 – 13||IX||Manchester, Great Britain||116||607||20 (m), 20 (f)||United States||Australia||Netherlands|
|2010||December 15 – 19||X||Dubai, UAE||153||780||20 (m), 20 (f)||United States||Russia||Spain|
|2012||December 12 – 16||XI||Istanbul, Turkey||162||958||20 (m), 20 (f)||United States||China||Hungary|
|2014||December 3 – 7||XII||Doha, Qatar||174||968||22 (m), 22 (f), 2 (mixed)||Brazil||Hungary||Netherlands|
|2016||December 6 – 11||XIII||Windsor, Canada||172||22 (m), 22 (f), 2 (mixed)||United States||Hungary||Russia|
|2020||TBD||XV||Abu Dhabi, UAE|