The world championships held in Hungary may be the best of all time according to the leaders of FINA, the international federation of water sports.

On the opening day on Friday, Julio Maglione, President of FINA said thanks to the Hungarian Government, and in particular, to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the organising committee, for the fantastic job they have done as outstanding facilities, with the Duna Arena taking the lead, have been completed for the event.

“The entire FINA Family is very happy and excited to be in Hungary for this great celebration of Aquatic sports. For the next 16 days, our best athletes will once more delight the thousands of spectators filling the venues and the many millions of TV viewers on the five continents”, Mr Maglione said, who remarked that they are expecting the best World Championships ever.

Cornel Marculescu, Executive Director of FINA, highlighted that the World Aquatics Championships are among the most important international sporting events, which fact is also demonstrated by high viewing figures. The World Championships hosted by Barcelona in 2013 were followed by 5 billion, while two years later the event held in Kazan was followed by 6.8 billion viewers worldwide. He added that water disciplines at the Rio Olympics were the most viewed sports events on digital platforms, such as mobile telephones, tablets and computers.

Tamás Gyárfás, Hungarian Vice-President of FINA added that they sincerely hope that everyone will be satisfied, and that they will succeed in popularising water sports even further.

Éva Szántó, Executive Director of the organising committee also said thanks to the sponsors, the Government and FINA, and indicated at the same time: they hope that athletes, coaches, volunteers and viewers will all enjoy the World Championships.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)