Seven cities, together with their National Swimming Federations, have bid on the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships.
Belgrade (Serbia), Budapest & Belatonfüred (Hungary), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Hamburg (Germany), Hong Kong, Madrid (Spain) and Moscow (Russia) are in the running to host this prestigious world championship.
Of those locations, Dubai, Hong Kong and (Sabac) Serbia currently host professional marathon swims.
But rest assure: local open water race directors, together with their national federation and FINA, always seem to find ways to host exceptional 5K, 10K and 25K racs in interesting and challenging venues for the world's elite open water swimmers. For example, Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Hungary, was site of the 2006 European Championships (see photo above). And, with the strong German, Spanish and Russian traditions in open water swimming, no matter what city is ultimately chosen, the world’s best open water swimmers are expected be treated to a great race course.