Fina, the global governing body for aquatic sports, has awarded the 2022 and 2024 World Short Course Swimming Championships to Kazan in Russia and the Hungarian capital of Budapest respectively.
The decision was made by the organisation’s board members following formal presentations by four bidders in Budapest, which is currently staging the 2017 Fina World Championships.
The two European cities will also host the Fina World Aquatics Convention in their respective years.
“All these cities and National Federations have worked very hard to present solid projects and I am sure that in any of them Fina would organise excellent championships,” said Fina president Julio Maglione. “But we are in a sport organisation and there must be a winner, or in this case, two winners.”
The selection of Kazan, which is capital of the Tatarstan region, comes amid controversy over an alleged doping scandal in Russia, with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency currently suspended.
“Fina knows Kazan very well,” said Vladimir Leonov, minister of sport and youth in Tatarstan. “We have the necessary infrastructures and the full support of our authorities. We are known as the sport capital of Russia, and everyone in the Fina family fully understands the meaning of this status.”
The 2017 Fina World Championships got underway last Friday, and are scheduled to conclude on 30th July.