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19th FINA World Championships 2021 Fukuoka & 19th FINA World Masters Championships 2021 Fukuoka

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In 2021 Fukuoka City will play host to the FINA World Championships for the second time since the 2001 World Championships, the first ever Championships to be staged in Asia. Six competitions will take place from July to August 2021: swimming, artistic swimming, water polo, diving, high diving and open water swimming. These aquatic sports are scheduled to take place in venues around the city, such as Marine Messe Fukuoka in Hakata Ward. Approximately 2,400 contestants from around 190 countries are expected to participate in the Championships.


In addition, the World Masters Championships, an event that garners participation from swimming enthusiasts from all over the world, will also be held in conjunction with the World Championships for the first time in Asia.


Concept of FUKUOKA 2021

WATER MEETS THE FUTURE

- Inspiring a brighter future through aquatic sports -



Fukuoka in 2021: embracing thriving innovation at the culmination of the golden years of sport


Over the next three years, Japan will be hosting a series of major international sporting events starting from 2019.  Fukuoka City promises to enhance the excitement, hospitality, and technological innovation generated during these golden years, and play a crucial role in bringing renewed vitality across the island of Kyushu and Japan.


Inspiring the people through the development of aquatic sports


The 2021 FINA World Championships will evolve into not only an exciting event that entertains the viewers, but also into an inspiring showcase that will motivate people to take their first step and start something new.  The event is sure to pass on a legacy for a healthier and brighter future.



History of the FINA World Championships

Since 1973, FINA has organised the World Championships, a series of competitions featuring swimming, diving, high diving, water polo, artistic swimming and open water swimming. At the first event in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, a total of 686 contestants from 47 countries competed. However, the event has generated worldwide attention over the years, and the number of participants increased to 2,303 athletes from 177 countries at the 17th Championships held in Budapest, Hungary.

(Source: FINA)


Year of FINA World Championships Host city No. of participating countries No. of athletes
1973Belgrade  (Yugoslavia)47696
1975Cali  (Colombia)39682
1978Berlin  (West Germany)49828
1982Guayaquil  (Ecuador)52848
1986Madrid  (Spain)841,119
1991Perth  (Australia)601,142
1994Rome  (Italy)1021,382
1998Perth  (Australia)1191,371
2001Fukuoka  (Japan)1341,498
2003Barcelona  (Spain)1582,017
2005Montreal  (Canada)1441,784
2007Melbourne  (Australia)1672,158
2009Rome  (Italy)1722,438
2011Shanghai  (China)1782,157
2013Barcelona  (Spain)1772,195
2015Kazan  (Russia)1842,412
2017Budapest  (Hungary)1822,303
2019Gwangju  (Republic of Korea)  
2021Fukuoka  (Japan)  


What are the FINA World Masters Championships?

The FINA World Masters Championships were first held in 1986, and have been staged in conjunction with the FINA World Championships since 2015.


A plethora of athletes participate in the Masters Championships, including Olympic, world and continental champions and medalists, participants from past FINA events, and many top class amateurs from various aquatic sports.


Participants compete in different age groups, and the event also attracts the attention of retired senior athletes from many different corners of the world.







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