Hangzhou in China will host the 2018 edition of the World Short-Course Swimming Championships and World Aquatics Convention, it was announced today.
"The city of Hangzhou will offer optimal conditions for the organisation of these Championships," said FINA President Dr Julio C Maglione.
"There is a very strong commitment from the local authorities to have this event in this dynamic metropolis.
"China is an important partner of FINA and we are always happy to return to this beautiful country."
It will be the second time inside the last decade that one of FINA's flagship swimming World Championships have been held in China after Shanghai hosted the World Championships in long-course in 2011.
Hangzhou is the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China and best known internationally for its West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
"This is a dream that come true," said 2004 Olympic gold medallist Xuejuan Luo, an ambassador for the bid.
"My hometown is Hangzhou and I always hoped that one day we could be able to organise a World Championships in the most beautiful city in China."
"The Mayor of Hangzhou was also here to support our bid, and we can assure that the best swimmers in the world will be able to complete in superb venues."
The event will also include the FINA World Aquatics Convention, which includes a conference, exhibition, official networking events and social activities.
Hangzhou will follow Qatar and Windsor, Canada, in 2016, as hosts of the World Short-Course Swimming World Championships.
Qatar's hosting of this year's World Championships hit a stumbling block last month when Egypt announced its decision to withdraw from the competition in a move widely interpreted as a political boycott due to Qatar's continued support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
More than 900 athletes are expected to attend the five-day event, nonetheless, a record for the World Short-Course Swimming Championships.
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