Kazan, Russia Adds 2022 World Short Course Champs to Bidding Targets

Kazan, Russia has added hosting duties for the 2022 World Short Course Championships to its list of desire bidding opportunities, the Russian Swimming Federation announced on Saturday after a meeting of its board.

The Russian federation also announced that Kazan has bid for the 2017 World Junior Championships.

The bidding deadline for the 2022 and 2024 Short Course World Championships (Kazan is applying only for the former), is August 25th, 2016, and includes hosting duties for that year’s FINA World Aquatics Convention.

The 6-day meet features prelims in the morning sessions and semi-finals (for races 100 meters and shorter) and finals (for all races) in the evening sessions.

Kazan hosted both the 2013 World University Games (Summer Universiade) and the 2015 multi-discipline FINA World Aquatics Championship. With over 10,000 and 2,400 athletes participating, respectively, both of those events are much bigger than the 1,300 that were attracted for the 2014 World Short Course Championships.

The Russians fared very well at their home World University Games, where they led both the swimming and overall medals tables. That included 17 swimming golds, almost triple the next-closest result from the Americans (6).

Russia was also dominant in synchronized swimming at the 2015 World Championships (they won 8 of 9 available events), but were less successful in standard swimming. The country won just 4 medals in swimming, with the only gold being a 100 breaststroke win from Yulia Efimova, who was racing shortly after returning from a doping suspension.

FINA is indicating in the call for bidders that “any multi-purpose arena” could be used, implying a preference a preference for a facility larger than a typical natatorium. The 2015 World Championships used a temporary pool (and 15,000 seats) built inside of the Kazan Arena: a football (soccer) stadium. The swimming portion of the World University Games was hosted in the Aquatics Palace, which includes two 50 meter pools and a 25 meter diving well. That facility has a permanent seating capacity of 3,600.

A full listing of World Short Course Swimming Championships events:

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 1300 22 (m), 22 (f), 2 (mixed) Brazil Hungary Netherlands
Upcoming Date Edition Location  
2016 December 7 – 11 XIII Windsor, Canada
2018 TBD XIV Hangzhou, China
2020 TBD XV Abu Dhabi, UAE

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