Melbourne snags World Swimming Championships after Russia cancellation

World Swimming Championships

Melbourne will host the 16th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) this December after it was shifted from previous host nation Russia.

Originally scheduled for Kazan, it will be the first FINA event in Australia since Melbourne hosted the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships.

“Hosting the FINA World Swimming Championships shows Melbourne is one of the world’s great sporting cities,” said Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula.

The short course format of the world championships will be staged at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre from December 13-18, 2022.

The event is anticipated to draw 2,500 participants, team members and officials from around the world and up to 60,000 attendees over the six days.

In addition to the world championships, Melbourne will host international delegates from 180 countries for the FINA Congress and FINA Awards immediately following the conclusion of the competition in the pool.

“Melbourne has a great history with large-scale swimming events and it will be great to bring an international world championships back on to Australian soil,” said Swimming Australia CEO Eugenie Buckley.