Budapest will host the FINA World Aquatics Championships and the World Masters Championships in 2027 again, ten years after previously holding the event in 2017. The International Swimming Federation (FINA) announced the decision in Gwangju, the venue of the ongoing world championships, on Sunday.
FINA President Julio Maglione made the announcement at the 18th FINA World Championships, currently in progress in Gwangju, South Korea that following the 2017 World Aquatics Championship in Budapest, Hungary will once again host the 2027 edition of the event.
Budapest 2017: The “Best FINA Championships In The Federation’s History”
Seven countries expressed their interest in hosting the games, but in the end, the United States did not submit a bid, as Greensboro withdrew its application. China and Ukraine haven’t nominated specific cities, while Kazany, Melbourne, Belgrade, and Budapest had submitted their bids. At the end of April, the Hungarian government said that it would provide 84 million forints for the costs.
Balázs Fürjes, government commissioner for priority investments in the capital, said that “the decision is a recognition of Hungarian performance; the decision is also about trust, that one of the most prestigious international sport federations fully trusts Budapest and Hungarians,” adding that “we will serve this trust and we are encouraged by this decision to do better and better.”
Back in 2017 at the closing event of the Championship held in Budapest and Balatonfüred, President Julio Maglione said it was the “best ever” championships in the federation’s history, which had contributed a great deal to the development of aquatics sports. He acknowledged Hungary’s central and local governments, the organisers, and thousands of volunteers for their contributions. “Your support, enthusiasm and professionalism have made it possible for this to be the best world championships in the Federation’s history. I congratulate you!” he said at the closing gala in Budapest’s Papp László Arena. According to Gergely Gulyás, Minister at the Prime Ministerʼs Office, said at a press conference that there will be no need to invest in any further sports infrastructure to host the 2027 FINA World Championships, adding that the revenue from the event will exceed the cost of organizing it.
The 2017 Championships attracted around 485,000 spectators to the sports events, held at five locations in Budapest and Balatonfüred, while the fan zones at Margaret Island and the Duna Arena had more than 400,000 visitors. Budapest will also host the European Water Polo Championship and the LEN European Aquatics Championships in 2020, and will be home to the FINA Short Course Worlds in 2024.