Kazan, Guadalajara win 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships
Kazan of Russia and Guadalajara of Mexico have been chosen as the venues for the 2015 and 2017 FINA Swimming World Championships respectively on Friday, Xinhua reported.
Julio C. Maglione, President of the world swimming governing body (FINA), opened two envelopes one by one to announce that Kazan and Guadalajara won the host rights of the two editions of the championships.
"We are so happy that such a great event will be hosted in Russia," said Vladimir Salnikov, President of Russian Swimming Federation, who hugged and cheered with his fellows of the bidding delegation after hearing the name of kazan.
"I believe we have experiences to make it excellent," the former swimming Olympic champion added.
It will be the first time for both cities to organise the FINA gala including swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open water swimming.
Three cities have made the final shortlists to the world championships in 2015 and 2017, which were Guadalajara, Kazan and Hong Kong of China.
President Maglione said it was the first time in FINA history that both cities garnered full votes for the swim worlds from the executive committee. The three candidates had made last presentations on Friday morning.
Salnikov listed several reasons to Kazan's success.
"First, Kazan have all event facilities for the championships as the 2013 Summer Universiade will also be held there," he said.
"The experience from the Games could be used in world championships."
Salnikov nicknamed Kazan the "sport capital" of Russia and said every body likes sport in the city, which he regarded as a key element to host the swim worlds.
FINA announced this decision in a press conference at the Main Press Conference Room of the Oriental Sports Center before the start of the 14th Shanghai Worlds, which will run from July 16 to 31.
The 15th biennial event will be hosted by Barcelona, Spain, in 2013.