In 2024, the World Aquatics will be hosting a three-stop Swimming World Cup Series in Southeast Asia. This announcement comes after a successful 2023 series held 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 addition to the World Cup Series, while Shanghai and Singapore have previously hosted events. China’s Qin Haiyang and Australia’s Kaylee McKeown won the men’s and women’s series respectively in the previous year.
It is noteworthy that China sent most of its elite swimmers to the 2023 World Cup Series right after the Asian Games. This could have been an indication of their plans to host all three meets of the series in Southeast Asia for 2024.