As we reported on February 21st, in addition to the possibility of Australia managing the 2017 FINA World championships, Budapest, Hungary is also emerging as a potential option to take over as host in light of Guadalajara, Mexico’s recent decision to pull out of this role due to economic reasons.
It appears that Singapore has also now joined the list of candidates to be reviewed by the FINA executive committee, as reported by the country’s “The New Paper.” Vice President of the Singapore Swimming Association, Jose Raymond, told the paper that, if FINA were to reach out to his organization regarding the 2017 Worlds opportunity, “a detailed study and analysis of the event’s requirements and required budget” would need to take place, prior to submitting a formal bid.”
Singapore is home to the new OCBC Aquatic Center, the state-of-the-art swimming, synchronized swimming, diving and water polo facility, which can hold up to 6,000 spectators. The site has already seen several swimming greats grace its deck, such as Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin and Katinka Hosszu, as it hosted the Singapore Swim Stars competition in September 2014. The Center is also slated as the site for the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships taking place later this year. It is home to the
FINA Executive Director, Cornel Marculescu, told the Associated Press this week that his organization hopes to have the new host chosen in the next two to three weeks. Whenever the proposed host options are delineated, they will be voted on by the 24-person FINA Bureau executive committee, as opposed to a bidding process, due to the time constraints of the competition only being 2 years away.