Budapest replaces Guadalajara as 2017 FINA World Championships host with 2021 up for grabs
Budapest was today announced as the host of swimming’s FINA World Championships in 2017, after original host, Guadalajara in Mexico, pulled out last week, citing falling oil prices.
Budapest was scheduled to stage the 2021 edition, but the Hungarian Swimming Federation approached FINA with the option of a swap deal, giving the governing body a longer search time to find a 2021 host.
Julio Maglione, FINA president, said: "We are very happy to be in Budapest in 2017 and we are sure that the local authorities and organisers will host a great competition. Hungary is a country of sport and true passion for aquatics – the FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships in two years’ time will consolidate and reinforce this tradition."
The decision was taken by the ruling FINA Bureau rather than through a bidding process due to the time constraints.
FINA said it will now open a new bidding procedure to find a host of the 2021 FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships.
Singapore, Australia and Qatar were also thought to have submitted interest to FINA in replacing Guadalajara as host of the 2017 championships.
Guadalajara handed back hosting rights - and a forfeit of $5 million - to FINA, saying that the $100-million asking price for staging the event was too high. The money was due to come from federal funds, but budget cuts as a result of falling oil prices meant that the government would no longer pay. Mexico had spent around $9.5 million in preparing for the event.
The 2019 World Championships will be staged in Gwangju, South Korea. This year's event will be held in Kazan, Russia in July and August.