Fukuoka (JPN) and Doha (QAT) to host 2021 & 2023 FINA World Championships
The Japanese city of Fukuoka will host the 2021 edition of the FINA World Championships and the FINA World Masters Championships, while Doha in Qatar will host the same two competitions in 2023. The decision was made after the vote of the FINA Bureau today in Budapest (HUN), some hours before the staging of the FINA World Aquatics Gala – Soirée des Etoiles.
The city of Nanjing (CHN) was the third bidder for the organisation of these Championships.
The FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione was happy to announce this decision at a press conference in the Magyar capital: “Today we were presented three extraordinary bids fulfilling all requirements and having great facilities. Both winning cities, Fukuoka and Doha, are strong partners of FINA and will offer optimal conditions for the organisation of these Championships. There is a very strong commitment from the local authorities to welcome this event in their respective dynamic metropolis.”
Doha previously hosted the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), while Fukuoka stages FINA’s showcase event for the second time, after a successful edition in 2001.
The Japanese delegation was headed by the very dynamic Mayor of Fukuoka, Soichiro Takashima, who spoke about his city’s passion for Sport: “I am only 41 years old, so I am a relatively young mayor for a city of 1.5 million people, the sixth largest in Japan. But I believe I represent this metropolis quite well, as Fukuoka is also a young city, known for its enthusiasm for aquatic sports. We had a great experience in 2001, and after the staging of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, we will have an additional opportunity to develop this successful tradition”.
The main concept of the 2021 hosts is simple: “Compact in size, Big in enthusiasm”, a motto that reflects the concentration of all the venues for the six aquatic disciplines in a 600m-radius. “We want to create a standard for the future editions of the FINA World Championships”, added Mr. Takashima, who was proud to display a video message from Kosuke Kitajima, the great Japanese breaststroke champion, supporting the bid.