Barcelona is not only known for its culture, but it is also home to many sport events. The biggest event was undoubtedly the Olympic Games in 1992, which transformed the whole city, but recently they also hosted the X-Games and now, Barcelona hosts the 15th Fina World Championships 2013, also known as the World Swimming Championships. It takes place from July 19th until August 4th.
It is the second time Barcelona hosts this Championship. This year, many of the competitions will take place in the Olympic Ring on the mountain of Montjuic, giving it an Olympic touch. There are four venues, each for every type of competition.
The swimming and synchronised swimming competitions will be held in Palau Sant Jordi, where a large indoor swimming pool has been set up thanks to innovating technology. The waterpolo competitions will take place in the Bernat Picornell City Sports Center Pools, whereas the diving will happen in the Montjuïc Municipal Pool. Finally, the long distance open water swimming will take place on the Moll de la Fusta. The venue at Moll de la Fusta is new. It also allows visitors to watch the competitions for free, from the beautiful benches at Rambla de la Mar.
An official mascot has been created for these Championships: the water drop Xop. It is inspired on Gaudí’s work and is made out of trencadis mosaic pieces. He invites people to join ‘Planet Water’ and represents the different sport types practiced. He also has its own song: The Xop Song, which you can find here.
You can find all information on the Fina World Championships on BCN2013’s website. The opening ceremony will take place on Friday July 19th at 21h45 in the Palau Sant Jordi. A schedule of the different competitions can be found here.