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FINA Aquatics World Magazine launches Barcelona 2013 best short story and photo contest

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When the curtain falls this upcoming summer in the Catalan capital and the world’s best aquatic athletes aim to climb the podium at the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013, more than 2,500 media representatives from all over the world will cover the major sporting event to bring across the most exciting, emotional and nerve-wrecking moments. As in the past three years, the FINA Aquatics World Magazine will reward the most creative short stories and photos from the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP).

The FINA Magazine short story and photo contest is open to all professionals of the media, attending or not the Championships in Barcelona. The short story cannot exceed 1,500 characters and must relate to any of the six FINA sports to be showcased at the Barcelona 2013 World Championships: swimming and synchronised swimming (Palau Sant Jordi), water polo (Bernat Picornell Pool), diving (Montjuic Municipal Pool), open water swimming and, for the first time in history, high diving (Moll de la Fusta, Port of Barcelona).

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Official Barcelona 2013 song ‘La ciutat entres dos blaus’

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The Catalan music band Els amics del les ArtsEls Amics de les Arts, a famous Catalan music band, presented the official song of the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013 at the Montjuic Municipal Pool on June 13. The band members also revealed the spectacular underwater music video of the song entitled ‘La ciutat entre dos blaus’ ("city between two blues").

Spain’s synchronised swimming star Ona Carbonell attended the presentation. The star of the World Championships was accompanied by Maite Fandos, co-president of the Barcelona 2013 Organising Committee, and Enric Bertran, president of the Catalan Swimming Federation.

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Official Barcelona 2013 song to be revealed on June 13

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The Catalan music band Els amics del les Arts - credit: RFEN 2011The music video for the official song of the 15th FINA World Championships to take place in Barcelona (ESP) from July 19 to August 4, 2013 was shot for over 40 hours in different locations and will be presented at the Montjuic Municipal Pool in the Catalan capital next week.

The big highlight of the video shoot is the spectacular image of the Catalan music band Els amics del les Arts, giving an underwater concert at the high performance center CAR de Sant Cugat.

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FINA Sports Medicine Committee visits Barcelona 2013 headquarters

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Only four months ahead of the inauguration of the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013, event organisers have welcomed another group of people to the headquarters at the main competition venue Palau Sant Jordi. This week, the Sports Medicine Committee of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) is visiting the sports facilities to get an update on the project.

The long workday on Monday started off with a visit to the different competition venues (Palau Sant Jordi, Picornell Pool, Montjuïc Municipal Pool and Moll de la Fusta) and continued with several meetings, focusing on two key areas of the Barcelona 2013 World Championships: Medical Services and Doping Control.

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Mayor of Barcelona receives the FINA Family

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In the spectacular scenario of the Albeniz Palace, the Mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias received the FINA Bureau members on February 22 and transmitted them his conviction on a great competition next July, with the occasion of the 15th FINA World Championships.

“The city of Barcelona looks forward to receiving the best aquatic athletes of the world. These Championships is certainly a great investment for our city, but will bring long-lasting effects to Barcelona. I just recall the urban metamorphosis generated by the staging of the 1992 Olympic Games in the city”, considered Xavier Trias, who was accompanied by Maite Fandos, co-president of the Barcelona 2013 FINA World Championships Organising Committee and responsible for Sport in the City Municipality.

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FINA President Maglione: “We all feel at home in Barcelona!”

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Before the two-day meeting of the FINA Bureau in Barcelona (ESP), on February 22-23, the FINA President Dr. Julio Maglione met the media in the Catalan capital to share his view of the present status of preparation of the 15th FINA World Championships, taking place from July 19 to August 4. Accompanied by Maite Fandos, co-president of the Organising Committee and responsible for Sport in the Barcelona municipality, and by Cornel Marculescu, FINA Executive Director, the FINA President expressed his optimism: “Everything is running in accordance with the timeline. We are very happy to be back in Barcelona, a city that organised a memorable edition of the Olympic Games in 1992 and an outstanding edition of our World Championships, precisely 10 years ago, in 2003”.

Highlighting the quality and excellence of all the competition venues, Dr. Maglione also underlined the natural characteristics of the city: “People are very friendly, Barcelona is quite an exciting city, with excellent cuisine and many interesting places to visit. We all feel at home in Barcelona!”


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Barcelona 2013 reaches milestone of 4,000 volunteer registrations

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More than 4,000 people that seek to become a volunteer at Barcelona 2013 have already signed up for the 15th FINA World Championships. The milestone was reached today, proving the great interest helpers have in becoming part of the major sporting event, which is one of the biggest international sporting events to be held this upcoming summer. The 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013 will be take place from 19 July to 4 August, featuring six aquatic sports during 16 days of competition.

The volunteer recruitment campaign kicked off on 11 September 2012. In less than five months, expectations of event organisers regarding the number of volunteers have been surpassed. Initially, Barcelona 2013 organisers estimated a number of 3,000 volunteers to be necessary to cover the event.

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TV broadcasters of 2013 FINA World Championships visit competition venues

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November 22, 2012 Barcelona. Event organisers of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona next year welcomed the delegates from various national and international TV stations to the World Broadcasting Meeting (WBM). The TV representatives that have the broadcasting rights for next year’s major sporting event visited the competition venues at the Palau Sant Jordi.

The TV delegates participating at the WBM have visited four competition venues: Moll de la Fusta (open water swimming and high diving), Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc (diving), Piscinas Picornell (water polo) and Palau Sant Jordi (swimming, synchronised swimming and the finals of the water polo tournaments). The event is the first big meeting organised ahead of the World Championships.

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Myrtha Pools to build two pools for Barcelona 2013 at Palau Sant Jordi

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Signing of the agreement with the Italian company in Moscow. The competition pool will be 3 meters deep due to synchronized swimming. The construction of the training pool will begin on 1 JuneThe Italian company Myrtha Pools, with over 50 years of experience in the business, will be responsible for building and implementing two removable pools at the Palau Sant Jordi for the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013. Members of the BCN2013 Organizing Committee have signed an agreement with the renowned company during the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention in Moscow. Directors of the company based in Castiglione delle Stiviere previously visited the Barcelona 2013 headquarters to convince event organizers of closing the deal.

Roberto Colletto, CEO of Myrtha Pools, and Fernando Carpena, president of the Barcelona 2013 Executive Committee, have signed the contract at the stand of the Italian company in the Hotel Crown Plaza.

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Albert Guinovart to compose soundtrack for Barcelona 2013

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Albert GuinovartThe Catalan musician and pianist Albert Guinovart will compose the soundtrack for the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships Barcelona 2013. Members of the event’s Organising Committee have decided to put the composer of the music for “El cor de la ciutat” in charge of all music pieces of the championships.

Guinovart, who already composed the music for the 2003 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, will write all the music played during the competition and at the start and end of each event, as well as the music accompanying the swimmers and officials, the music played during the medal ceremonies, the fanfares, the marches and some other parts related to the TV production.

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