March 11, 2015 / 1:08 PM / 4 years ago

Budapest to host 2017 world championships

File photo of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delvering a speech during the opening ceremony of the swimming pool in Cegled, 80km east of Budapest, March18, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Budapest will replace Mexico’s Guadalajara as hosts of the 2017 World Aquatics Championships, governing body FINA said on Wednesday.

Guadalajara pulled out last month citing financial problems.

Budapest was originally designated to host the 2021 edition, which includes swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the central European country would spend billions of forints to renovate areas by the river Danube designated to host the events and pass a series of laws to speed up organizing work.

Reporting by Marton Dunai; editing by Justin Palmer

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