Singapore to host 2025 World Aquatics show


Singapore to host World Aquatics 2025 Image: Singapore Swimming Association

Singapore will host the World Aquatics Championships in 2025, making it the first Southeast Asian country to do so, the World Aquatics governing body announced on February 9th.

‘cna’ stated that the World Aquatics was formerly known as the International Swimming Federation or FINA before it was renamed last month.

The FINA World Championships or World Aquatics Championships are the World Championships for aquatics sports: Swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, artistic swimming, and water polo. They are run by World Aquatics, and all swimming events are contested in a long course (50-meter) pool.

The World Aquatics Championships is a premier biennial event bringing together the six sports of swimming, water polo, diving, artistic swimming, open water swimming, and high diving.

World Aquatics, formerly known as the International Swimming Federation (FINA), is the international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for administering international competitions in water sports. It is one of several international federations which administer a given sport or discipline for both the IOC and the international community. It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a non-Governmental sports organization based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is constituted in the form of an association under the Swiss Civil Code.

‘cna’ further stated that dates are yet to be confirmed, according to a joint press release by World Aquatics, Sport Singapore, the Singapore Swimming Association, and the Singapore Tourism Board.

Singapore-based Sport Singapore is a statutory board under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth of the Government of Singapore. It is the lead agency tasked with developing a holistic sports culture for the nation.

The Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) is the national governing body for competitive swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo, and open water swimming in Singapore. The SSA is also charged with selecting the Singapore Olympic Swimming team and any other teams that officially represent Singapore, as well as the overall organisation and operation of the sport within the country.

The Singapore Tourism Board is a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Government of Singapore, tasked to promote the country’s tourism industry.

More than 2,500 athletes representing 209 countries are expected to participate.

Venues where the competitions will take place include the Singapore Sports Hub, a world-class complex that includes the 55,000-capacity National Stadium, the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium and the 3,000-capacity OCBC Aquatic Centre. The OCBC Aquatic Centre features two 50m pools and a diving facility.

The Singapore Sports Hub is a sports and recreation district in Kallang, Singapore. The Sports Hub is a 35-hectare public-private partnership that is anchored by the new National Stadium and the existing Singapore Indoor Stadium, and also incorporates a new aquatics facility, indoor sports hall, water sports center, public sports facilities, and retail. The Sports Hub opened to the public on June 30th, 2014.

World Aquatics President Husain Al-Musallam said the hosting of the 2025 event was in “good hands”.

Said Al-Musallam, “Singapore has everything we hope to share with our athletes: World-class facilities, proven experience of hosting events of the highest quality and a comprehensive approach to aquatic sports that runs from the elite level to the community.”

Singapore has previously hosted World Cups in five of the six aquatics sports, and was also the venue for the World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships in 2015.

The local aquatic community looks forward to the opportunities to come from having the world’s best gather in Singapore, said the Singapore Swimming Association President Mark Chay.

The Singapore Tourism Board’s Chief Executive Keith Tan said Singapore’s selection as host reinforces its position as a leading sports and lifestyle destination in the region.

The 2025 edition of championships were originally awarded to the Russian City of Kazan, in an announcement back in 2019.

But early last year, World Aquatics – then called FINA – decided to remove a number of aquatics events scheduled for Russia, including the December short-course swimming world championships due to be hosted by Kazan as well.

The FINA also banned Russian athletes and officials from competing at the world championships, citing its “strongest condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine”.

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