Beijing selected as host for 2029 World Aquatics Championships

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11th February 2024 – (Doha) World Aquatics announced on Sunday that Beijing has been chosen as the host city for the 2029 World Aquatics Championships, making it the second Chinese city to hold the prestigious event after Shanghai in 2011. China had previously hosted the World Aquatics short course Swimming Championships (25m) in Hangzhou in 2018.

The announcement comes at the midpoint of the ongoing world championships in Doha, where China has been dominating the competition, securing 16 gold medals out of 29 events to lead the medal table.

In a statement released by World Aquatics, it was confirmed that “the Chinese capital will host the World Aquatics Championships – Beijing 2029.” The flagship event of World Aquatics is set to welcome more than 2,500 world-class athletes from over 200 countries and regions to compete in six aquatic sports, including swimming, diving, water polo, artistic swimming, open water swimming, and high diving.

Zhou Jihong, President of the China Swimming Association, expressed delight at the awarding of the hosting rights, highlighting China’s passion for aquatic sports. “We have a very proud history of welcoming the best aquatics athletes to our country,” she stated. “We are therefore very honored with Beijing being awarded the opportunity to host the world’s largest aquatics event, the World Aquatics Championships, in 2029.”

In the upcoming years, Singapore has been chosen as the host for the 2025 edition of the championships, followed by Budapest, which will host the event in 2027.