PR 42 - FINA Bureau Meeting


Shanghai (CHN), July 14, 2011 – Before the start of the 14th FINA World Championships, the FINA Bureau held its meeting on July 13-14, 2011 in Shanghai (CHN). Besides acknowledging the successful figures of these championships – 2200 athletes from 181 countries (a new record of nations in the history of the competition), 65 TV networks accredited, TV broadcast in high definition in over 190 territories, almost 6000 accreditations – the FINA Bureau designated the host of the 2014 FINA World Masters Championships, which will take place in Montreal (CAN). The other candidate for the organisation of these championships – the biggest FINA event in terms of participation – was Buenos Aires (ARG).

Looking also ahead, the FINA Bureau was informed about the latest preparation stages of the upcoming major competitions: the 2012 FINA World Masters Championships in Riccione (ITA) – the overall programme and the standard entry times for Swimming were approved -, the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Istanbul (TUR), the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP), and the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Catania (ITA). A report on the 2012 Olympic Games in London (GBR) was also presented.

For all these events, the FINA Bureau members were briefed about the plans for venues, accommodation and transportation, marketing and PR activities, and facilities for media.

On July 15, 2011 the FINA Bureau will decide on the host of the FINA World Championships in 2015, and eventually 2017. The three candidates to stage these competitions are Guadalajara (MEX), Hong Kong (HKG) and Kazan (RUS). A FINA Press Conference to announce the winner(s) will be staged at the main Press Conference Room of the Oriental Sports Centre at 13h00 (local time).