World Aquatics (WA), the sport's global governing body, has awarded the 2029 World Aquatics Championships to Beijing.

The bidding process for the event’s hosting began in September 2023 in tandem with the bidding process for the 2031 edition of the event, the host of which has yet to be revealed.

The biennial event will be hosted in the Chinese capital for the first time in 2029, although China has hosted the championships once before, in Shanghai in 2011.

Beijing will also host the WA Master Championships, a companion event for over 25-year-olds held in conjunction with the WA Championships, although the date for both events has yet to be decided.

China is a traditional powerhouse of the event and is second on the all-time medals chart, and the securing of the 2029 edition of the tournament means the country is now joint-third alongside Japan for the number of championships hosted, on two, with both Spain and Australia having hosted three times each.

Across 2024, China is hosting the WA Artistic Swimming World Cup (April 5-7), WA Diving World Cup (April 19-21), and the WA Swimming World Cup (October 18), showcasing its ability and willingness to stage WA events.

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Husain Al-Musallam, WA president, stated: “Thanks to our longstanding collaboration with China, we know the global aquatics community can look forward to world-class sporting action and entertainment in one of the world's most iconic cities. The World Aquatics Championships have become a compelling event for participants, spectators, viewers, partners and organizers alike.”

This year's World Aquatics Championships is currently underway in Doha, Qatar, marking the first time the event has been held in the Middle East. The 2025 edition of the championships will be held in Singapore, while the 2027 event is set to be staged in Budapest, Hungary.