Connected PressMay 26, 2023, 03:16 PM ET1 Minute Study
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The governing physique of swimming stated Friday it is seeking to leave the Olympics’ house city in Switzerland and move its headquarters to Hungary.
Planet Aquatics has signed a functioning agreement with officials from the government in Budapest of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Budapest staged the aquatics globe championships in 2017 and 2022, and it is set to host once more in 2027. It also hosts offices for the governing bodies of Olympic sports judo and weightlifting.
“Hungary has repeatedly verified itself to be a amazing host for our sport and for our athletes,” Planet Aquatics president Husain al-Musallam stated in a statement, adding the governing physique “remains sincerely grateful for this.”
In 2018 the globe swim physique, then identified by its French acronym FINA, celebrated its 110th anniversary by inaugurating a new headquarters in Lausanne on a hillside road neighboring the Swiss supreme court. The 19th-century villa had been extended with contemporary offices.
Planet Aquatics noted Friday that it operates “many improvement centers about the globe” — which includes in Russia, Senegal and Thailand — and Budapest “characteristics devoted aquatics instruction and competitors facilities.”
Media in Budapest reported Planet Aquatics aims to have folks from Hungary fill half of its employees jobs there.
The swim organization was founded in 1908 in London and moved to Lausanne in 1986.
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