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About the FINA World Championships

Hosted by FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation [English: International Swimming Federation]) every two years, the tournament is second only to the Olympics in terms of importance in the world of aquatic sports Athletes compete across six different disciplines swimming, diving, high diving, water polo, artistic swimming and open water swimming.
The event used to be held every two to five years but after the 9th tournament in 2001 that was held in Fukuoka, the World Championships has been held on odd years between the summer Olympics. Since the first competition held in Belgrade 1973, the number of participating athletes, participating countries, and broadcasting countries has continued to increase. The Fukuoka 2021 event will be the 19th World Championships.

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  Data Host city No. of participating countries No. of athletes
1 1973 Belgrade 47 696
2 1975 Cali 39 682
3 1978 Berlin 49 828
4 1982 Guayaquil 52 848
5 1986 Madrid 84 1,119
6 1991 Perth 60 1,142
7 1994 Rome 102 1,382
8 1998 Perth 119 1,371
9 2001 Fukuoka 134 1,498
10 2003 Barcelona 158 2,017
11 2005 Montreal 144 1,784
12 2007 Melbourne 167 2,158
13 2009 Rome 172 2,438
14 2011 Shanghai 178 2,157
15 2013 Barcelona 177 2,195
16 2015 Kazan 184 2,412
17 2017 Budapest 182 2,303
18 2019 Gwangju - -
19 2021 Fukuoka - -
20 2023 Doha - -

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