— Published 5 April 2023

France has submitted its application

It’s official: France is a candidate to host the European Swimming Championships in 2026. The French Swimming Federation (FFN) announced that it submitted its bid on March 31, for a continental event that will bring together more than 1,100 athletes and five disciplines: swimming race, open water, synchronized swimming, diving and high-flying. The French project is based on two of the sites of the Paris 2024 Games: the Pont Alexandre III for open water and the future Olympic Aquatic Center, currently under construction in Seine-Saint-Denis, for the other events. The European championships would take place from July 25 to August 9, 2026. They will mark the 100th anniversary of the creation of the continental event. Due to the lack of a pool of international standards, France has not organized a single major European or world event since the European Championships in Strasbourg in 1987. The decision of the European Swimming League (LEN) is expected by summer 2023.