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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