POSTED: December 19th 2016

Budapest 2024 Chairman Balázs Fürjes expresses his thanks to Windsor for successful 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) As the International Swimming Federation (FINA) 2016 World Swimming Championships came to an end in Windsor, Budapest 2024 Chairman, Balázs Fürjes extended his thanks to FINA and the local Windsor Organizing Committee.

"The Canadian preparation in Windsor was excellent - a lot of good planning has taken place - and Canada can be proud of Windsor and this event," expressed Fürjes.

He said, "There was a great sense of expectation and atmosphere in the swimming complex and that is also a measure of the event's success in Windsor...The local Windsor communities and volunteers were the perfect hosts; very warm and welcoming to swimmers from all parts of the globe as well as their hometown favorites."

He went on to thank them for providing ideal conditions, which allowed swimmers to set new records and benchmarks during this year's Championship. For example, Rio Olympic champion and Hungary's national heroine, Katinka Hosszú was awarded the 2016 FINA Best Female Swimmer of the Year and won an unprecedented seven gold medals at the event.

"As a nation passionate about swimming, the Hungarian team very much appreciated the efforts and planning that went into making the Windsor event work so well for the swimmers...Hungary is a sports mad nation and loves its swimmers and will turn out in large numbers to support Katinka and the rest of the team in Budapest next year," commented Hosszú.

In addition, Chairman Fürjes who is also a member of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships Committee, congratulated Windsor as being the first city in Canada to host this Championship and also the smallest city to stage the Championship.  

He stated, "Windsor is the smallest city community ever to host a FINA world championship event, and demonstrates that world-class championships that are right for the athletes can be staged successfully by smaller and deserving, host cities, and shows these cities can contribute enormously to making major sporting events more accessible worldwide."

Chairman Fürjes added, "Sport events of the highest caliber, like this FINA 25m World Swimming Championship in Windsor, help to support our case to the IOC that the time is right for mid-sized cities like Budapest to carry the Olympic flame and spirit to new audiences and to more young people in more cities around the world. This will help to revitalize sport worldwide."

Furthermore, Chairman Fürjes added that the Championship highlighted the importance of sport for global and local communities, along with demonstrating how smaller cities have the capability to host large scale events. He also stated that the event showcased the power of smaller cities to host major sporting events.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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