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Beijing to host World Aquatics Championships in 2029

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The Chinese capital, Beijing, has been awarded hosting rights for the 2029 edition of the World Aquatics Championships.

A venue for the event has not been confirmed by World Aquatics, but Beijing’s National Aquatics Center, nicknamed the Water Cube, was used during the 2008 and 2022 Olympic Games and would appear the logical destination.

More than 2,500 athletes from over 200 countries and regions are set to compete in the event across swimming, diving, water polo, artistic swimming, open water swimming and high diving.

China has previously organised over 100 major aquatics competitions, 37 of which have been in Beijing. China will host three World Aquatics events this year: the Artistic Swimming World Cup in Beijing from April 5-7, the Diving World Cup – Super Final in Xi’an from April 19-21, and the Swimming World Cup in Shanghai from October 18-20.

The 2029 World Aquatics Championships will be organised in cooperation with the China Swimming Association and the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports.

World Aquatics president, Husain Al-Musallam, said: “Beijing has repeatedly welcomed major aquatics events, providing excellent conditions that enable our athletes to perform at their very best. For this, we are deeply grateful.

“Thanks to our longstanding collaboration with our friends in China, we know the global aquatics community can look forward to world-class sporting action and entertainment in one of the world’s most iconic cities. We are also very thankful to the other cities that expressed an interest in hosting. The World Aquatics Championships have become a compelling event for participants, spectators, viewers, partners and organisers alike.”

This year’s World Aquatics Championships, which were originally scheduled for November 2023, are currently taking place in Doha. The 2025 and 2027 editions will take place in Singapore and Budapest, respectively, before Beijing hosts in 2029.