Kazan in Russia and Budapest in Hungary have been named as the hosts of aquatics’ FINA World Championships in 2025 and 2027 respectively.
The announcement was made on Sunday by FINA president Julio Maglione at the 2019 championships presently taking place in Gwangju in South Korea.
Kazan previously staged the event in 2015, and Budapest was the host as recently as 2017.
The other cities initially involved in the bidding process for the 2025 and 2027 editions were Belgrade in Serbia, Greensboro in North Carolina, USA, Guanghzhou in China and Kiev in Ukraine. Melbourne in Australia did not follow up its interest.
The hosting rights granted to Kazan and Budapest also include the FINA World Masters Championships.
Announcing the hosts at a press conference, Maglione said: "It is very important for FINA to ensure the stability of its calendar and give the appropriate time to organisers, in order to provide optimal conditions to all participants in the championships. I am sure the aquatic festivals in 2025 and 2027 will stay in good hands.”
The next two championships will be in Fukuoka in Japan in 2021 and in Doha in Qatar in 2023.
This year's event runs until 28 July.