Barcelona will host the World Aquatic Championships in 2013, after being chosen unanimously by the members of the FINA at its meeting in Punta del Este (Uruguay).
World Aquatic Championships will return to the Catalan capital after 10 years, as Barcelona already organized World Championships in 2003, which is considered one of the best editions. This fact has undoubtedly been a key in the re-election of Barcelona, following the withdrawal of alleged economic problems in Dubai.
The other candidate cities were Hamburg, Moscow, Sydney and Seoul. Although no official confirmation yet, probably will be Palau Sant Jordi were most of the events will be host, building an Olympic swimming pool inside as was done in 2003; and Picornell swimming pools, CN Barceloneta and Port of Barcelona will host synchronized swimming & jumping, waterpolo and open-water swimming, respectively.
Barcelona becomes once again the World Capital of Sport, following the steps initiated in 1992 with the organization of the XXV Olympic Games.