First swimmers at Palau Sant Jordi to inaugurate the main pool of BCN2013
The main pool of the 15th FINA World Championships, installed at Palau Sant Jordi, and host of the swimming and synchro events during the competition was inaugurated this Sunday with two popular initiatives.
The first one, called “BCN2013 Challenge”, gathered more than 1000 competitors aged 55 and more, while the second one, “Mulla’t” (“Get Wet”) was attended by the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya Artur Mas, and by the Mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias.
The first swimmers in the pool at the Palau Sant Jordi - Photo by Sergio Carmona
Concerning the “Challenge”, this event was launched in the end of 2012 by the BCN2013 Organising Committee, who invited the population of Barcelona to swim and to conclude their effort in the Palau Sant Jordi for the inauguration of the pool. Most of the persons taking part in this event had swum at least 20km during these last months and were naturally happy to be the first ones to test the waters of the pool.
Shortly after, the local authorities led by Artur Mas and Xavier Trias also dived in the pool to support the “Mulla’t” action, devoted to help the cause of people suffering from multiple sclerosis. Many families could feel the water of the pool in Palau Sant Jordi, and certainly lived an unforgettable Sunday in the venue where Lochte and many other stars will shine during the Championships in the Catalan metropolis.
The final countdown has definitively started - Photo by Sergio Carmona