Some 2,400 swimmers from over 200 countries will participate in the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships starting in Budapest on Friday, Miklós Borsa, spokesman for organiser Bp2017 Nonprofit, told a press conference.
Borsa said that the athletes will be accompanied by another 1,600 accredited people from their teams.
The event will have two official opening ceremonies, one held by the River Danube in Budapest on Friday evening and another at Balatonfüred by Lake Balaton on Saturday morning. During the Friday opening event, air space and the river itself in Budapest will be closed down, while road traffic restrictions are expected in the Inner City.
Meanwhile, Tamas Gyárfás, vice president of FINA, told MTI that he would resign from his FINA post if on July 17 the organisation did not choose Budapest as the site of the 2024 short course swimming world championships.
FINA is scheduled to decide on the 2022 and 2024 “short course worlds” on Monday, during the championships in Hungary.