Hong Kong is in the running to host its biggest-ever global sporting event - the 2015 Fina World Aquatics Championships - if the government will help. With the government still deliberating over whether or not to enter the race to host the 2023 Asian Games, and after the disappointing turnout for last weekend's rugby international between Australia and New Zealand, the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association plans to put the city firmly on the world sporting map by playing host to the best swimmers from nearly 200 countries. On Sunday the organisation will officially announce its plan to bid for the blue-riband event, which secretary Ronnie Wong Man-chiu said would cost the city around HK$300 million - this, he stressed, was less than 100th of the estimated cost for hosting the Asian Games. 'We will have a world-class facility in place once the redevelopment of Victoria Park is over in 2014. With this in mind, we are aiming to bid for the 2015 world championships and will ask for financial support from the government,' Wong said. The aquatics championships are swimming's equivalent of the soccer World Cup, featuring five disciplines - swimming, diving, synchronised swimming, water polo and open water swimming - over two weeks. Held every two years, the event will be in Shanghai next year and Dubai in 2013. Hong Kong had hoped to bid for the 2013 event, but due to a lack of facilities, it has now decided to go for 2015. Hong Kong hosted a truncated version of the world championships in 1999 which only featured swimming events. 'When completed, Victoria Park will have two Olympic-size pools,' said Wong. 'With the open spaces available at Victoria Park, we could also provide temporary outdoor training pools. We will need at least two to three other swimming facilities as we can expect more than 2,500 athletes from at least 200 federations worldwide to participate. 'The 2015 world championships will also have added importance as it will be a qualifier for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.' The Brazilian capital will also bid to host the event. That bid has the backing of the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and head of the 2016 organising committee, Carlos Nuzman.