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FINA President Wants 2020 World Swimming Champs in Sochi

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The president of the International Swimming Federation says Russia's Olympic city of Sochi would be the ideal location for the 2020 world short course championships.

KAZAN, Russia, March 27 (R-Sport) - The president of the International Swimming Federation says Russia's Olympic city of Sochi would be the ideal location for the 2020 world short course championships.

Julio Maglione, also an International Olympic Committee member who attended the Winter Games last month, said Thursday he couldn't think of a better venue for the event than the Black Sea resort.

"We were at the Olympics in Sochi," he said. "The best Olympic Games in history were held there. Amazing competitions, an excellent team. Sochi could be an excellent place to hold the 2020 world championships," the Uruguayan added.

There is currently no 25m pool among the six coastal arenas, which were used for hockey, speedskating and figure skating during the Games.

Russia is already slated to host next year's world aquatics championships in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, at the venues built for last year's world student games.

The next host city for the short course worlds, which are held every two years, is Doha in December, with Windsor, Canada, slated for 2016.

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