World Aquatics has announced a three-stop Swimming World Cup Series for 2024 that will be held in southeast Asia. This marks a return to the region after a 2023 series that took place in Europe and a 2022 series with stops in North America and Europe. The three meets will take place in Shanghai, China from October 18-20, Incheon, South Korea from October 24-26, and Singapore from October 31 to November 2.
The decision to have a compact three-meet series seems to be in response to an increasingly crowded international swimming calendar. The series has seen a decrease in the number of stops since its peak of 12 around the turn of the century. The 2024 post-Olympic series will also return to its traditional short course meters format in preparation for the 2024 World Short Course Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Incheon, which hosted the 2014 Asian Games, is a new city in the World Cup Series, while Shanghai and Singapore have hosted previous events. China’s Qin Haiyang won the men’s series title in 2023, while Australia’s Kaylee McKeown took home the women’s crown. It is worth noting that China sent most of its elite swimmers to the 2023 World Cup Series right after the Asian Games, which could have been a hint at their decision to host all three meets of the series in Southeast Asia for