The World Aquatics Championships will be held in Singapore in 2025 after the Russian city of Kazan was stripped of hosting duties due to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, the sport's regulatory body FINA announced on Thursday.
The events will take place in a Southeast Asian metropolis for the first time. It's anticipated that more than 2,500 competitors will compete.
In addition to hosting the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka this year and Doha in 2024, Asia is showing "exceptional dedication and ability" to host the world's top aquatic athletes, according to FINA President Husain Al-Musallam.
The championships' precise times were not released by FINA.
After Budapest (2022), Fukuoka, Japan (2023), and Doha in February 2024, five months before the Paris Olympics, it will be an unprecedented fourth year in a row to have a world aquatics title.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic changed the international sporting schedule, the World Aquatics Championships were a biennial competition.
Swimming, diving, water polo, creative swimming, and the non-Olympic sport of high diving are all included in the aquatics worlds. Although the dates for Singapore are still to be decided, they are typically contested in June and July.
Kazan was initially selected to hold the 2025 Worlds in 2019, but since its invasion of Ukraine, the country has lost its right to host international events. Budapest was also selected to hold the 2027 World Championships in 2019.