It is official – Budapest will host the 2017 World Aquatics Championships

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Photo: MTI/Illyés Tibor

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu announced at a joint press conference on Wednesday that instead of Guadalajara Mexico, Budapest will host the 2017 World Aquatics Championships.

The prime minister said a special working group was formed to organize the event, which would be the largest sporting event in the history of the country.

The executive director of FINA, Cornel Marculescu said that Hungary has indicated two weeks after Guadalajara announced its withdrawal from hosting the event due to money issues; according to organizers, they cannot afford the $100 million price tag that goes with hosting the multi-sport aquatic event.

The Margaret Island and the "Dagály" swimming pools will be renovated, which will be part of the upcoming urban development program of Budapest said the prime minister adding that the parliament will pass a separate law that provides the funding of the event and the related development projects.

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