The World Aquatics organization has recently announced a three-stop Swimming World Cup Series for 2024, which will take place in Southeast Asia. This is a departure from the previous years’ series, which were held in Europe and North America. The three meets will be held 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 hold a compact three-meet series seems to be a response to the growing number of international swimming events on the calendar. In recent years, the series has seen a decrease in the number of stops since its peak of 12 around the turn of the century. However, this year’s post-Olympic series will 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 addition to the World Cup Series. Shanghai and Singapore have previously hosted events in this series. In the 2023 series, China’s Qin Haiyang won the men’s title while Australia’s Kaylee McKeown won the women’s title.
It is worth noting 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 that they planned to host all three meets of this year’s series in Southeast Asia.