FINA reveals figures of success at BCN2013


In a press release today, FINA reports that no anti-doping rule violation was registered at the 15th FINA World Championships, held from July 19 to August 4, 2013 in Barcelona (ESP), after a total of 820 tests.

BCN2013 medal podium view

The numbers of the Anti-Doping programme for this competition included:


  • 378 urine tests (including 69 EPO screenings)
  • 84 blood tests


  • 358 blood tests (in the frame of the Athlete Biological Passport)

Besides these numbers, the most meaningful figures related to FINA’s major showcase

  • 177 participating countries
  • 2195 athletes and 1835 officials
  • 6 aquatic disciplines (with High Diving for the first time on the programme) in 4 venues – Palau Sant Jordi (Swimming and Synchronised Swimming), Montjuic Municipal Pool (Diving), Picornell Pool (Water Polo) and Port Vell (Open Water Swimming and High Diving)
  • 600 written press journalists & photographers & 650 TV crew professionals
  • 68 events and 204 medals
  • 31 nations on the podium
  • 280,000 spectators on site during the 16-day competition
  • 6 World Records in Swimming
  • 211 territories covered by TV
  • 102% increase of followers on the Twitter feed @fina1908 (from June 17 to the end of the championships)
  • 83% increase of visits on (if compared with Shanghai 2011) and 75% improvement on page views
  • 70,000 daily people who saw posts and other activities on FINA Facebook page
  • 13,000 news and articles on the Spanish media during the Championships
  • US$ 3.2 million in prize money to the best six athletes in all events

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