FINA World Championships: Dubai Named Host of 2013 FINA World Championships

ROME, Italy, July 18. THE city of Dubai (UAE) will be the organiser of the 15th FINA World Championships, to be held in 2013. The announcement was made on July 18, 2009 after the FINA Bureau voted on the three Cities/National Federations that presented their candidature for this competition: Dubai (UAE), Hamburg (GER) and Moscow (RUS).

Dubai will also organise in December 2010 the 10th edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).

Before the 2013 FINA World Championships (including the five FINA aquatic disciplines), the 14th edition of this competition will take place in Shanghai (CHN) on July 16-31, 2011.

At the Press Conference announcing the winner for 2013, the FINA President Mustapha Larfaoui also spoke about the 13th FINA World Championships Rome 2009, which will start officially today.

"We are again in the Italian capital, organising city of the 1994 FINA World Championships and certainly ready to host with the same success the major competition of the FINA calendar here at the spectacular venue of the Foro Italico", said Mr. Larfaoui. He then continued: "The first record of the competition was already established: 2600 athletes from 179 nations will be present in Rome, a new record in the history of this event."

The FINA President concluded by thanking the Organising Committee for its work and all those involved in the set-up of the competition, namely the Host Broadcaster RAI, responsible for transmitting the images of the championships in High Definition (a first in the history of the competition).

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