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Good ceremony, but Madrid's victory isn't sealed since Catalonia always has issues with Spain :lol:

Damn you Chineese, hosted 2011 and want 2019. Jesus! :lol: Budapest for the win!

You are day late lol. Gwanju will host 2019 and Budapest in 2021.

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Swimming - Gwangju mayor apologises over forgery scandal The mayor of Gwangju has apologised for the forgery scandal that marred the South Korean city's successful bid to host the 2019 swimming world championships and has promised to meet with leading government officials to resolve the issue.

Kang Un-tae has been accused of forging the signatures of former prime minister Kim Hwang-sik and former culture minister Choe Kwang-shik on a bid document that guaranteed public funding for the event.

Despite the allegations, world governing body FINA awarded Gwangju hosting rights for the 2019 event on Friday.

"I deeply apologise for a shameful thing," Kang told reporters on Monday. "Discovered by the Prime Minister's Office on April 29, I was informed by South Korea's bid committee secretary general as he briefed me on the matter.

"In the process of submitting a bid document to FINA by April 2, a mistake by an official led to the signatures on the government guarantee and contents to be altered."

Kang said he had apologised to the government, who were aware of the issue and subsequently promised to finance the organising budget during a meeting with FINA in May.

"I will successfully carry out the first ever (swimming) event hosted in Korea after I iron out conflict and mistrust with the government," Kang added.

"I will ask for cooperation through a meeting with the prime minister and the (culture) minister."

The Prime Minister's office, however, told Reuters that they had not promised any financial support to the organisers.

The government has also ordered a further investigation into the forgery allegations and promised strict actions against anyone found guilty.

Barcelona is hosting the ongoing world championships while Russia's Kazan will host the 2015 edition, followed by Guadalajara in Mexico two years later. The Hungarian capital Budapest was awarded hosting rights for the 2021 championships.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/swimming-gwangju-mayor-apologises-forgery-scandal-093409519.html

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China -10

Russia -6

Brazil, Germany, Spain - 4

Canada -3

Tunisia, Italy, Mexico, Ukraine -2

Those are the countries with multiple medals so far.

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Prosecution raids office of Gwangju mayor over forgery scandal
GWANGJU, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors on Thursday raided the office of the mayor of this southern city as part of their investigation into a forgery scandal that has marred the country's first successful bid to host the 2019 world swimming championships.

The scandal centers around allegations that Gwangju city officials, including Mayor Kang Un-tae, forged signatures of high-ranking officials on a bid document that guaranteed the central government's financial support for the event.

Despite the mounting suspicions, Gwangju was selected by the international governing body of swimming, known as FINA, as the host of the event, formally called the FINA World Aquatics Championships.

A team of investigators seized a wide range of documents from the mayor's office at the city hall to prove Kang's alleged involvement, officials of the Gwangju District Prosecutors' Office said.

Kang, who has flatly denied the allegations against him, argues that a mistake was made by a working-level official in the process of submitting the bid document.

The prosecution office also raided the residence of Kim Yoon-suk, the event's bid committee secretary general, prosecution officials said, adding that they will soon call in both Kang and Kim for questioning.

On July 19, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism accused Kang of forging the signatures of ex-Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik and former Culture Minister Choe Kwang-shik in the city's bid file.

Just hours later on the same day, Gwangju was ultimately selected as the host, but ministry officials insisted they would seek criminal charges against the mayor regardless of the result of the bid race.

Gwangju, located 330 kilometers south of Seoul, is the first South Korean city to host the signature FINA event. It will also host the 2015 Summer Universiade, a multi-sport event for university athletes.

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South Korean Government to introduce new rules for bid cities after Gwangju 2019 scandal

October 1 - South Korea's Government is to introduce new procedures that will force cities to be more transparent when bidding for major events following the scandal over Gwangju's successful bid to host the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships, they have announced.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has launched plans to revise laws guiding the central Government's support to cities who want to host major events.

Under the proposed changes, the Government will have the right to strip cities of events they have been awarded, if it discovers corruption and other irregularities during the bidding process.

It follows the controversy after Gwangju was awarded swimming's flagship event in July despite allegations from the South Korean Government that Kang Un-tae, the city's Mayor, forged the signatures of both former Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik and former Culture Minister Choe Kwang-sik in the official bid document.

In August a team of investigators seized a wide range of documents from the Mayor's office at City Hall in Gwangju to prove Kang's alleged involvement, although he blames a low-ranking official.

After the scandal broke, the Government warned it would retract its financial support for Gwangju and seek criminal charges against anyone implicated, although it now looks likely that they will provide the financial guarantees necessary for the city to retain the Championships.

The new rules are designed to ensure that such a scandal never happens again.

"We hope to make sure cities go through a transparent and fair process before bidding for international events," the Ministry said in a statement.

"We will require them to report any major developments to their local authorities and to our Ministry in the bidding process."

The Ministry also said cities hoping to stage international competitions must first receive the backing from their local council and conduct feasibility tests that they can afford to stage them.

"This is designed to promote local residents' right-to-know and to help cities consider their financial situations," the Mnistry said.

"International events are putting unnecessary financial burden on the Government, and we want to make sure prospective hosts make a careful, deliberate decision."

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God, is Gwangju all that pretty a city? They're going after all these event (2015 Universiades; 2019 FINAs) like gangbusters!! It's only the 6th largest Korean city.

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#Worlds 2019: Gwangju. #Worlds 2021: Budapest

Budapest (HUN) to host FINA World Championships in 2017

Lausanne (SUI), March 11, 2015 - FINA is pleased to announce that Budapest, Hungary, will host the 17th FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships in July 2017, replacing the city of Guadalajara (MEX).

On this important occasion, FINA would like to thank the Hungarian Prime-Minister Viktor Orban and the President of the Hungarian Swimming Federation Tamas Gyarfas for their support and contribution to the organisation of FINA’s major event in 2017.

FINA would also like to express its gratitude and appreciation to other National Federations/Cities that had shown their interest in staging these Championships.

“We are very happy to be in Budapest in 2017 and we are sure that the local authorities and organisers will host a great competition. Hungary is a country of Sport and true passion for Aquatics – the FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships in two years’ time will consolidate and reinforce this tradition”, declared the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.

Budapest had been previously awarded the right to host the 2021 FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships and a new bidding procedure will now be open for these events.

FINA

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Budapest (HUN) to host FINA World Championships in 2017

Lausanne (SUI), March 11, 2015 - FINA is pleased to announce that Budapest, Hungary, will host the 17th FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships in July 2017, replacing the city of Guadalajara (MEX).

On this important occasion, FINA would like to thank the Hungarian Prime-Minister Viktor Orban and the President of the Hungarian Swimming Federation Tamas Gyarfas for their support and contribution to the organisation of FINA’s major event in 2017.

FINA would also like to express its gratitude and appreciation to other National Federations/Cities that had shown their interest in staging these Championships.

“We are very happy to be in Budapest in 2017 and we are sure that the local authorities and organisers will host a great competition. Hungary is a country of Sport and true passion for Aquatics – the FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships in two years’ time will consolidate and reinforce this tradition”, declared the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.

Budapest had been previously awarded the right to host the 2021 FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships and a new bidding procedure will now be open for these events.

FINA

What happened to Guadalajara??? What kind of problems they're having until this is happening???

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