Hungary moves to host 2022 Swimming World Championships

LAUSANNE, Switzerland ( Associated Press) — The 2022 world championships in swimming will take place, with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the sport’s world governing body jointly announcing an “extraordinary” event on Monday.

Budapest will host an additional World Championships from June 18 to July 3, the gap left by the schedule in Japan being pushed back to 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hungarian capital hosted the world in 2017 and was slated for another turn in 2027 even before the latest award. The championship is usually held every two years.

Orban to face parliamentary elections in April Against a broad coalition of rival parties, it was chosen by FINA to praise.

Hussein Al-Musallam, president of the sport’s international governing body, said in a statement on Monday: “We are extremely fortunate to have those who share our passion for aquatics and have the will, ability and desire to host FINA’s most prestigious event. There’s flexibility.” “We know we need to be imaginative in our approach in navigating through the current health crisis for our athletes. Today’s agreement is a testament to this work.”

The world’s best swimmers, divers and water polo players are now gearing up for three world championships in about 18 months, then the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The Japanese city of Fukuoka was originally set to host the championships last year, but it was pushed back a year to avoid a scheduling clash with the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

A second delay, agreed last month to the May 2022 slot, sent Fukuoka’s host to July next year.

Fukuoka’s second postponement moved the originally scheduled 2023 Worlds in Doha, Qatar, to January 2024, two months after the plan.

The Paris Olympics will begin in July 2024.

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