Fukuoka to host 2021 swimming world championships


FINA, the international swimming federation, announced Sunday that Fukuoka will host the world championships in 2021, with Doha hosting the 2023 event.

It will be the second world championships for Japan, with Fukuoka staging the 2001 worlds. Nanjing had also bid to be one of the host cities.

“Both winning cities, Fukuoka and Doha, are strong partners of FINA and will offer optimal conditions for the organization of these championships,” FINA president Julio C. Maglione said. “There is a very strong commitment from the local authorities to welcome this event in their respective dynamic metropolis.”

Fukuoka will offer an extremely compact package with all venues for the six aquatic venues within a 600-meter radius.

“We want to create a standard for the future editions of the FINA World Championships,” said Fukuoka’s mayor, Soichiro Takashima.