2021 World Aquatics Championships

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19th FINA World Championships
Host cityFukuoka, Japan
Date(s)16 July – 1 August

The 2021 World Aquatics Championships — 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships will be held in Fukuoka, Japan in 2021. It will be the second time Fukuoka hosts this meet, 20 years after the 2001 World Aquatics Championships.[1] The year before the championships, the 2020 Summer Olympics will also be held in Japan, hosted by Tokyo.

Host selection[edit]

The competitions originally were to be held in Budapest, Hungary, in the summer of 2021.[2] This was announced on July 19, 2013, on the biennial General Congress of FINA in Barcelona, the host-city of the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. Also Gwangju, South Korea, was awarded the 2019 Championships in the same vote.

However, in March 2015, it was announced that Budapest will host the 2017 Championships, after Guadalajara gave up the organization of the championships for financial reasons. A new bidding procedure was opened for the 2021 event.[3][4]

On 9 June 2015, the FINA reported it had received expressions of interest for the 2021 and 2023 FINA World Championships from Argentina, Australia (with Melbourne or Sydney), China (with Wuhan or Nanjing), Germany (two potential cities), Japan, Turkey and Qatar. On 30 June 2015, an information meeting was organised for the nations and cities which had shown interest in bidding before.[5] This meeting was attended by representatives of cities from six countries:[6][7]

In January 31 2016, each of the bids was presented at a formal presentation to, and vote of, the FINA Bureau meeting in Budapest; then they announced that the host cities will be Fukuoka (2021) and Doha (2023).[8]


Most of the competitions will be held at the Marine Messe, built for the 1995 Summer Universiade, also hosted in Fukuoka.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (31 January 2016). "Fukuoka, Doha chosen as World Aquatics Championships hosts". NBC Sports. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Gwangju, Budapest win right to host worlds". Barcelona: Reuters. 2013-07-19. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2015-08-31. The South Korean city of Gwangju has won the right to host the world swimming championships in 2019, while the 2021 edition will be in the Hungarian capital Budapest.
  3. ^ "Budapest (HUN) to host FINA World Championships in 2017". Lausanne: FINA. Archived from the original on 27 August 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-31. FINA is pleased to announce that Budapest, Hungary, will host the 17th FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships in July 2017, replacing the city of Guadalajara (MEX).
  4. ^ Nick Butler (2015-03-11). "Budapest to host 2017 rather than 2021 World Aquatics Championships". Inside the Games. Retrieved 2015-08-31. Hungarian capital Budapest will host the 2017 International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Championships, it has been confirmed today, following the withdrawal of Mexican host Guadalajara last month.
  5. ^ "PR 48 - FINA encouraged by strong interest for its 2021 and 2023 World Championships". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  6. ^ 6 Cities Vying for FINA World Championship Hosting Duties
  7. ^ "PR 59 - FINA World Championships 2021 & 2023: potential bidders meet in Lausanne". Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  8. ^ FINA Names Fukuoka (2021), Doha (2023) Hosts for Future FINA World Championships