The FINA World Championships are contested in a long course (50-meter) pool. The event was first held in 1973 and is now held every two years. From 1978-1998, the World Championships were held every four years, in the even years between Summer Olympic years. From 2001 on, the Championships have been held every two years, in the odd years.
The 2009 Summer Universiade, officially known as the XXV Summer Universiade are in Belgrade, Serbia. The event has been organised by a range of co-host cities, mostly in Vojvodina (Serbian Autonomous Province), close to Belgrade. It is the largest sporting event ever to be organised by the city.
The Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) is an international multi-sport competition. Over two thousand athletes will compete across seventeen different sports in an event which is part of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games legacy. Competition begins on the 17th January and concludes on the 20th January.
The Junior Pan Pacific Championships comprises full strength teams from the Pacific Rim including USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
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