PARIS - The Chinese city of Hangzhou will host the 2018 short-course World Swimming Championships, world governing body FINA confirmed on Tuesday.
The eastern Chinese city beat bids from the Peruvian capital Lima and the United Arab Emirates for the December 3-7 event.
"The city of Hangzhou will offer optimal conditions for the organisation of these Championships. There is a very strong commitment from the local authorities to have this event in this dynamic metropolis," FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione said.
"China is an important partner of FINA and we are always happy to return to this beautiful country." The city is the hometown of Chinese star Xuejuan Luo, the 2004 Olympic gold medallist in the 100m breaststroke.
"This is a dream that has come true. My hometown is Hangzhou and I always hoped that one day we could be able to organise a world championships in the most beautiful city in China," she said.
The 2016 world short-course swimming championships will take place in Windsor, Canada.