Kazan, Russia and GUADALAJARA, MEXICO WILL BE HEADQUARTERS 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championship

The FINA office announced the hosts for the 2015 and 2017 World Championships: Kazan, Russia and Guadalajara, Mexico. These will officially be the 16 and 17 versions of the World Championships, respectively. The 2013 World Championships will be held in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Kazan, home of the 2015 Championship, is a city of 1.1 million people located along the Russian Volga River. In 2009, it was properly named the “capital sport of Russia”, and in 2013 will have a test at the Summer Universiade (also known as the World University Games). Based on current stocks, this makes the smallest city in Kazan to ever organize a FINA World Championship.

A key factor in the decision, according to all Russian Federation Swimming President Vladimir Salnikov, is the fact that everyone in the city likes sports. Salnikov is a former Olympic swimmer and champion. The Russian delegation was aided by former Sprint star Alexander Popov, who is a six-time world champion.

The Swimming Place for the 2015 Championship is likely to be built around the in-progress “Aquatic Palace” being built for the Universiade. That site will be able to maintain 4,200 people, which make it a good starting point as one of the auxiliary aquatic places.

Russia will have much practice in organizing major sporting events over the next decade. This continues a winning streak for the country, which will see the 2013 Universiade, 2014 Winter Olympics 2018 World Cup Soccer, and now the FINA World Championships 2015 World Championships. 

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