Budapest Possible for 2017 World Aquatics Championships, as Guadalajara Pulls Out

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Budapest could fill in for Guadalajara, Mexico as a host for the 2017 World Aquatics Championships, Around the Rings is told by sources familiar with swimming.

Following Guadalajara’s withdrawal this week, the International Swimming Federation faces an urgent need to find a venue for the event. Typically, FINA selects a host city at least four years in advance.

Budapest is already slated to host the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in 2017 and the World Aquatics Championships in 2021.

The Hungarian capital is also considering a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

Organizers in Guadalajara withdrew from hosting the 2017 World Aquatics Championships this week, saying they could not afford the $100 million price tag.

The money to host the 2017 World Aquatics Championships was to come from Mexican federal funds, according to Swim Magazine, but budget cuts and falling oil prices have left funds for the event depleted.

Mexico now has to pay a $5 million penalty for the withdrawal, and had reportedly spent $9.5 million of the $100 million budget.

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