2015 World Aquatics Championships

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16th FINA World Championships
Fina logo Kazan 2015.jpg
Host city Russia Kazan, Russia
Date(s) 24 July – 9 August 2015
Venue(s) Kazan Arena

The 16th FINA World Championships (Russian: Чемпионат мира по водным видам спорта 2015) will be held in Kazan, Russia from 24 July to 9 August 2015.

Competitions will be held in five kinds of sport (swimming, open water swimming, diving and high diving, synchronized swimming, and water polo) in three main competition venues. The new FINA High Diving discipline has been presented on the XX FINA Technical Congress and has been officially included to the FINA World Aquatics Championships program starting from the 15th FINA World Championships 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

World Aquatics Championships have never been held in the Soviet Union and Russia.

Bidding process[edit]

It was announced on July 15, 2011 on the biennial General Congress of FINA, scheduled in Shanghai — host-city of the 2011 World Aquatics Championships. Kazan defeated rival bids from Guadalajara (Mexico), Hong Kong, Guangzhou (China), and Montreal (Canada). The last two cities withdrew their bids shortly before the vote.

Date Change[edit]

The dates of these championships were moved ahead one week to lengthen the gap between it and the aquatics competitions at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.[1]

Host City[edit]

Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. With a population of 1,138,823 (2010), it is the sixth largest city of Russia. Kazan is one of the key political, economic, sport, cultural, religious, financial, educational, and transportation centers of Russia. Kazan is located at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in the European part of Russia just one hour from Moscow by air. The current mayor of Kazan is Ilsur Metshin.

Today Kazan is a large scientific, economic and cultural center. In 2005 Kazan celebrated its' 1000th anniversary. As a city of unique monuments of the past, Kazan is on the list of the UNESCO world heritage cities.

The city has acquired the right to be officially called the “Third Capital” and “Sports Capital” of Russia. There are a lot of famous professional sport clubs like football club Rubin Kazan, ice hockey club Ak Bars Kazan, basketball club UNICS, volleyball clubs Zenit and Dynamo-Kazan, etc.

Venues[edit]

Championship competitions will be held in facilities built for 2013 Summer Universiade, also hosted by Kazan.

Each of the venues is conveniently accessed by major avenues and roads, as well as by public transport, making it easy for spectators to travel to and from the Championships. All existing venues are designed and constructed in accordance with the FINA competitions requirements.

Swimming Main Pool + Warm up pool (the Main Swimming Arena) – “Kazan Arena”
Synchronized Swimming Main Pool + Warm up pool (the Main Swimming Arena) – “Kazan Arena”
Diving Aquatics Palace
Water Polo Burevestnik Swimming Pool (group stage men)
Olymp Swimming Pool (group stage women)
temporary pool between Aquatics Palace and Kazan Arena(play-off games)
Open Water Kazanka river bank near the Kazan Kremlin
High Diving Kazanka river bank near the Kazan Kremlin
Training Orgsintez Swimming Pool Burevestnik Swimming Pool Olymp Swimming Pool and etc.

Main competition venues:

Kazan Arena (swimming)[edit]

Construction period: May 2010 - December 2012

The capacity of the venue is 45,000 seats (13,000-15,000 during the World Championships 2015).

On the football pitch of the stadium two temporary 50 meters long pools are going to be constructed. Main pool for swimming competition, and a temporary training pool connected with the competition pool with additional athletes relax and massage area.

The total capacity of the competition arena (including temporary stands) will reach up to 15,000 people. Both temporary pools and a roof in the Main Swimming Arena will be constructed to meet FINA World Championships. General Requirements in cooperation with FINA partner — Myrtha Pools.

Aquatics Palace (diving, synchronized swimming, water polo play-off)[edit]

Construction period: September 2009 – October 2012

The capacity of the venue is 4,200 seats

The building consists of 3 pools:

  • Diving - 33,3х25 m pool (allowable operating depth is 5.5 m);
  • Synchronized swimming - 50х25 m (maximal operating depth is 3.0 m);
  • Training pool - 50х25 m (practicing pool depth is 2.2 m).

Indoor swimming pool is situated on the picturesque bank of the Kazanka River.

Kazanka river bank near the Kazan Kremlin (open water swimming, high diving)[edit]

It's temporary construction for the competition. The location is the same as for 1st FINA High Diving World Cup.

Number of seats: 3,000 people

Training venues[edit]

  • Orgsintez Swimming Pool
  • Burevestnik Swimming Pool
  • Olymp Swimming Pool
  • Ak Bure Swimming Pool
  • Akcharlak Swimming Pool
  • Bustan Swimming Pool

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Preceded by
2013 FINA World Championships
Spain Barcelona, Spain
2015 FINA World Championships
Russia Kazan, Russia
Succeeded by
2017 FINA World Championships
Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico