FINA chief lauds ‘best ever’ Aquatics Championships

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Hotels in Budapest during the two weeks of the 2017 World Aquatics Championships this July 14-30 had occupancy rates over 90% and average room prices were double the usual, according to state news wire MTI.

Around 485,000 spectators viewed sports events at five locations in Budapest and Balatonfüred as part of the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships which concluded on Sunday, Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták said on Monday. The fan zones at Margaret Island and the Danube Arena in Budapest had more than 400,000 visitors, he added.

In a separate report, MTI quoted Julio Maglione, president of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), as acknowledging Hungaryʼs government, the local councils of Budapest and Balatonfüred, the organizers and thousands of volunteers for contributing to the "best ever" FINA World Aquatics Championships at the eventʼs closing ceremony on Sunday.

"Your support, enthusiasm and professionalism have made it possible for this to be the best world championships in FINAʼs history," Maglione said at the event hosted in the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena. "Our athletes, coaches and officials lived an intense experience during these two weeks. They found outstanding venues in superb locations; they were supported by immense crowds; they produced wonderful performances; and they could enjoy the hospitality and kindness of the Magyar people," he added.

FINA picked Hungary to host the championships in 2015 after Guadalajara in Mexico withdrew for financial reasons.

Hungaryʼs budget for hosting the championships came to HUF 46.6 billion, but permanent developments worth an additional HUF 84 bln were carried out in Budapest and Balatonfüred within the framework of the event, MTI noted.

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