The last day of January was a busy day for the FINA leadership. Executive Board meeting, presentations of the bidding cities, congress, and the Gala.
The Executive Bureau started the last day of January 2016 quite early. They had a meeting, and at the end of the session the bidding cities made their own presentations. As the FINA president, Julio C. Magnlione said, they listened to three outstanding, excellent presentations, that's why the decision took so long. When they made their choice, the president announced the winners.
Fukuoka will organize the 19th FINA World Championships in 2021.
The representatives of Fukuoka:
And in 2023 Doha will host the world championships.
The annual ceremony, held in a prestigious and iconic venue alongside the Danube river, the Vigado concert Hall, was also highlighted with the presence of VIP personalities, such as ANOC, OCA and Olympic Solidarity President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Mayor of Budapest and Head of the FINA World Championships 2017 Organising Committee Istvan Tarlos, Mayor of Windsor Drew Dilkens, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport Development and Peace (UNOSDP) Wilfried Lemke, and influent Olympic writer Alan Abrahamson (last year’s winner of the FINA World Journalist Award).
A man and a woman for each of FINA’s six disciplines have been awarded tonight in Budapest, Hungary, on the occasion of the second edition of the FINA World Aquatics Gala - "Soirée des Etoiles", an evening paying tribute to the great aquatic stars of 2015. An additional award was presented for the best swimming performances of the year.
The winners have been chosen through a selection process which looks at the points collected at the most important FINA events and according to the athletes' respective ranking. In swimming, World Records points were also taken into consideration.
In front of approximately 300 guests, including key sports leaders, National Federations’ representatives, and a wide range of local, national and international media, the following athletes received FINA’s recognition:
|Best Swimming Performance||Adam Peaty
Player: captain Zivko Gocic
Player: captain Maggie Steffens
|Open Water||Men||Jordan Willimovsky||USA|
|Women||Ana Marcela Cunha||BRA|
|High Diving||Men||Gary Hunt||GBR|