Tuesday, 23 August 2016

FINA Masters World Championships, Budapest 2017 - Roger Eagles

I am just back from a meeting with the FINA Masters Swim Committee at Budapest where we were given a tour of the facilities. The new Dagaly Aquatic Centre is under construction and is covered in. Construction of this very large project was brought forward when Budapest was asked to host the Elite World Championships in 2017 with the Masters to follow.

The complex is really impressive. It has an indoor 50m training pool, a diving pool, and an indoor competition pool. Outside there is an open air 50m pool but it is going to be reconstructed. So this area, complete with other pools and gardens, will have either one indoor 50m training pool, one indoor competition pool and one outdoor pool, or both the indoor pools could be utilised if the weather turned bad. As well, there is another complex available. It was described to us as the “community pools” and it host an indoor 50m pool and an outdoor 50m pool. So, for the first time ever, it will be open for the championships to hold three swimming competitions at once.

Entries at Budapest are expected to be huge. Current thinking is that there will be 12,000 competitors and there could be 15,000. Recently at the European Masters Championships in London there were 10,000 competitors in the swimming. They could not manage the event properly there were so many swimmers there. Budapest is expected to be even more popular with its central European location and its scenic attractiveness.

Obviously, I had never been to the city before. It really is very beautiful, situated on the Danube River with significant art galleries and other features. The Hungarian Houses of Parliament are stunning.

I think the website will open in October, entries some time later, but this will be an event to savour.

In 2019 the event will be held at Gwangju, a city in South Korea. There the facilities are not nearly as extensive so one imagines that the qualifying times will probably be made more strict. Two years after that the event will be in Dohar.



Kind Regards,

Roger



Roger Eagles  


Main Venues

Dagaly Swimming Complex


















Alfred Hajos Swimming Complex, Margaret Island



Heroes Square and Varosliget Ice Rink









River Danube


Lake Balaton


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