Starting on 24th July, the city of Kazan will host the World Swimming Championships. Over the course of 17 exhilarating days, the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan will welcome the greatest international water sport competitors.
It will be the first time in history that a Russian city hosts this swimming, diving, synchronised swimming, open water swimming and water polo event.
With a population of around 1,100,000, Kazan is the sixth biggest city in Russia and is part of UNESCO’s World heritage list. Officially known as the country’s largest city, it is also Russia’s sport capital.
The city has built and refurbished various venues for the 2015 World Swimming Championships. Among these is the Kazan Arena, a stadium with a capacity of around 45,000 and two temporary 50 metre long swimming pools: one for the swimming tournament and the other for training. Within the Kazan Arena (which after being refurbished now has a seating capacity of 15,000), a relaxation and massage zone has been created for the athletes.
Another example of the city’s innovation is the Aquatics Palace, a 4,200 seat venue with three swimming pools: one for diving (33.3 x 25 x 5.5 metres), one for synchronised swimming (50 x 25 x 3 metres) and a training pool (50 x 25 x 2.2 metres).
Furthermore, on the picturesque banks of the Kazanka River, there is an indoor pool where diving, water polo and synchronised swimming competitions will be held. Training sessions will take place in the Orgsintez, Burevestnik, Olymp, Ak Bure, Akcharlak and Bustan swimming pools, which are spread out around the whole city.
Barcelona, where the competition was held in 2013, now passes the torch to Kazan, which will in turn pass it on to Budapest, where the next championships will take place in 2017.