Barcelona 2013: 120 days to go!

Lausanne, Mar 20, 2013: The countdown has started! In 120 days, the 15th FINA World Championships will begin in Barcelona on July 19, arousing a worldwide wave of enthusiasm and highlighting the top athletes in FINA’s five sports – Swimming, Water polo, Diving, Synchronised swimming and Open water.


Media accreditation for the 15th FINA World Championships is open since March 19, 2013. The application form for professional journalists and photographers is available via the following link.

The deadline date to receive accreditation for the Championships is Sunday June 30, 2013.


Palau Sant Jordi – Swimming and Synchronised swimming

Exactly 10 years after hosting the 10th FINA World Championships, Barcelona’s iconic indoor sporting arena will stage the swimming and synchronised swimming competitions. A temporary 50m pool will be built for the Championships.

Seating capacity: 12,000 spectators

Pool dimensions: 50x25m indoor pool, 3m deep

Warm-up facilities: 50x20m outdoor pool, 2m deep

Piscines Bernat Picornell – Water polo

Located in the heart of the Montjuïc park, the Piscines Bernat Picornell will play host to the women’s and men’s water polo tournaments, featuring 32 national teams and no less than 86 games!

Seating capacity: 4,500 spectators

Competition area: indoor and outdoor 50x25m pools

Warm-up facilities: diving pool

Piscina Municipal de Montjuic – Diving

Barcelona’s stupendous skyline provided the picture-perfect backdrop for diving at the 1992 Olympic Games and 2003 World Championships. This edition will be no exception, making the 10 events on the diving programme all the more thrilling.

Seating capacity: 4,100 spectators

Competition area: 25x25m outdoor pool, 5m deep

Moll de la Fusta – Open water and High diving

For the first time in the history of the World Championships, high diving will be on the programme and Barcelona’s seafront will be the first competition site to stage the sport’s breathtaking performances. Towers of 20m and 27m high will be built for the women’s and men’s events, respectively.

The venue will also welcome open water swimmers for the men’s and women’s 5km, 10km and 25km events. Fans will be able to enjoy the spectacular show and follow the action-packed races closely from the seashore. —- FINA

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