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Melbourne to host 25m FINA World Swimming Championships Image: FINA

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced that Melbourne, Australia, will host the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2022 at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre from December 13th to December 18th, 2022.

The ‘FINA’ stated that the 16th event edition will be the first time that Melbourne has hosted this prestigious 25-meter event, with the state-of-the-art Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre as the host site. Set on the shores of Albert Park Lake, the City will welcome more than 1,000 athletes from over 180 countries for six days of world-class swimming action.

Established in 1908, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) is an international management organization for swimming events. FINA’s official swimming events are swimming, water polo, diving, artistic swimming (AS), open water swimming (OWS), and high diving.

The FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) or ‘Short Course Worlds’ as they are sometimes known, is an international swimming competition. It is swum in a short course (25m) pool and has been held in the years when FINA has not held its main World Championships (currently this means in even years).

Melbourne Sports Centres – MSAC is an international sporting venue located in Albert Park, Victoria, Australia. The Centre was opened on July 24th, 1997 at a construction cost of A$65 million. The cost was funded by the State Government of Victoria and the City of Port Phillip. The Centre has hosted international events including the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2007 World Aquatics Championships.

Said FINA President Husain Al-Musallam, “FINA is delighted that the proud swimming nation of Australia will host the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) for the first time. Australia has a great swimming tradition and we’re looking forward to coming back to Melbourne. I am sure this will be another highly successful FINA event that provides the world’s best short course swimmers with the environment to perform at their very best. We are incredibly grateful to our hosts for stepping forward to host this prestigious meet.”

The ‘FINA’ further stated that Melbourne bid to host the short course world championships after FINA removed the event from Kazan (Russia) following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Australia’s ‘Garden City’ has played host to many major aquatics events, including the FINA World Championships in 2007 and multiple FINA Swimming World Cups. Other FINA events in Australia have been the 1991 and 1998 World Championships, which were both held in Perth.

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