Budapest to host 2017 world swimming championships
Posted by Mia Balogh · Apr 2, 2015

The Hungarian capital was scheduled to host the 2021 swimming world swimming championships, but owing to some changes, the competition of 2017 will be organized in Budapest.

Budapest will host the 2017 world swimming championships in place of Guadalajara, Mexico. The city withdrew due to financial problems, but Budapest can organize the event, which is the largest sports event held in the Hungarian capital. This was even said by the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán in the Parliament, on a press conference, held together with Cornel Marculescu, executive director of FINA.

"Hungary has great champions in swimming," said Marculescu, mentioning Katinka Hosszu, the world swimmer of the year in 2014. "It would be very important to show the Hungarian people world champions in their home."

Budapest was scheduled to host the 2021 swimming world championships, but for that event, there will be a new bidding soon. If the Hungary organizes a successful world championship, it can be very important regarding the chances of the 2024 Olympic Games.

The world swimming championships are held every two years and include swimming, diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo. This year's championships will be in Kazan, Russia.

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