PR 63 - Abu Dhabi (UAE), a dynamic host in 2020!

Press Release

Kazan (RUS), July 22, 2015 - The city of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2020 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) and FINA World Aquatics Convention, after the FINA Bureau’s vote on July 22 in Kazan (RUS). Abu Dhabi was one of the three candidates to the organisation of this event, together with Astana (KAZ) and Lima (PER). After the final presentation of the three bids, the FINA Bureau chose the UAE dynamic capital to host this major event.

“We are very happy to return to the UAE, where the 2010 edition of these Championships took place in Dubai, with an outstanding success. I am sure that Abu Dhabi will be also a memorable milestone for the FINA family”, considered the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione during the public announcement of the winning bid in Kazan (RUS), two days before the start of the 16th FINA World Championships. “I would like to warmly thank all the candidates for the 2020 bid. All the proposals were quite solid and promising, but in the end, there is only one winner”, concluded the FINA President.


The FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione announcing the winner - Photo credit: Giorgio Scala

Besides this major announcement, the Bureau gathered in the capital of Tatarstan on July 21-22 and the highlights of the meeting were:

-    Acknowledgement of the outstanding stage of preparation and readiness for the 16th FINA World Championships – where a new record of participation is registered, with 186 nations taking part – and FINA World Masters Championships 2015 in Kazan (RUS);

-    Recognition and appreciation for the very positive and encouraging reports received on the upcoming FINA major events: FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) & FINA World Aquatics Convention 2016 in Windsor (CAN), FINA World Championships & FINA World Masters Championships 2017 in Budapest (HUN), FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) & FINA World Aquatics Convention 2018 in Hangzhou (CHN) and the FINA World Championships & FINA World Masters Championships 2019 in Gwangju (KOR);

-    Adoption of better financial conditions for the organisation of clinics in the five continents, within FINA’s Development Programme;

-    Creation of a “FINA World Aquatics Day”, in order to further promote the FINA activities worldwide and increase the level of participation of local communities in FINA’s six aquatic disciplines. In principle, this initiative will be launched on July 19, 2016, the date of FINA foundation in 1908;

-    Award of the following competitions:
FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final 2016 – China (city and date to be confirmed)
FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships 2018 – Perth (AUS, date to be confirmed)


FINA President signing the contract with UAE Swimming Federation President Ahmed Al-Falasi - Photo credit: Giorgio Scala

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