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Budapest tops out main venue for 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships

General contractor Market Zrt. has topped out the Dagály Aquatic Center, the main venue for the 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships, six weeks ahead of schedule, government commissioner for priority investments in the capital Balázs Fürjes said today, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

The championships were originally to be held in Guadalajara, in Mexico, but the city pulled out a year ago for financial reasons, Fürjes noted. FINA picked Hungary to host the event shortly afterwards, leaving the country just two years to prepare, about half the usual time, he added.

“Weʼre running the marathon as a sprint, because we have no other choice,” he added.

About 5,000 people are working on the construction of the venue.

Hosting the championships is expected to cost Hungary HUF 49 billion, however, the budget is expected to recover about HUF 10 bln in the form of VAT, Fürjes said earlier.