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World Aquatics Swimming World Cup 2024
- Updated: November 21, 2023
The World Aquatics Swimming World Cup 2024 has been unveiled, set to unfold across three Asian cities over three consecutive weeks in October and November 2024. This edition will feature three days of intense competition in the short course (25m) pool. The three city stops, Shanghai (CHN), Incheon (KOR), and Singapore (SGP), will serve as qualifying events for the World Aquatics Swimming Championships (25m) – Budapest 2024, making it an essential lead-in to the championships.
Shanghai: A Familiar Start
The series kicks off in Shanghai, China, a city with a rich history of hosting international swimming events. With five Swimming World Cups, the World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2006, and the World Aquatics Championships in 2011 under its belt, Shanghai provides a familiar yet thrilling start to the competition.
China’s Qin Haiyang, a standout in the 2023 Swimming World Cup, expressed his confidence boost from the competition, winning nine events across various categories. Rising Chinese talents like Qin Haiyang and Zhang Yufei have contributed significantly to the sport’s popularity in China.
Zhou Jihong, President of China Swimming Federation, emphasized the importance of hosting the Swimming World Cup in Shanghai, noting its impact on inspiring the younger generation of swimmers.
Incheon: A Debut for Korea
From Shanghai, the series heads to Incheon, Republic of Korea, marking its debut as a host for a World Aquatics event. Incheon, known for its successful hosting of aquatic sports events at the 17th Asian Games in 2014, adds a new dimension to the series. Hwang Sunwoo, a standout freestyler from Korea, looks forward to participating in front of a home crowd.
World Aquatics President Husain Al Musallam highlighted the significance of including new host cities alongside experienced ones, and Korea’s track record in delivering top-notch sports events.
Singapore: A Proven Host
The final leg of the Swimming World Cup 2024 takes place in Singapore, a host of various aquatics events, including World Cups and the World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships in 2015. The city-state has a reputation for world-class facilities and a comprehensive approach to aquatic sports.
World Aquatics President Husain Al Musallam praised Singapore’s ability to host events of the highest quality and its commitment to aquatic sports at both elite and community levels.
Global Calendar Placement
The 2024 Swimming World Cup is strategically positioned between the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and the World Aquatics Swimming Championships (25m) – Budapest 2024, creating an exciting lead-in to the championships. The global swimming community anticipates heightened fan interest, with the series attracting top athletes competing for a significant prize pool.
The Swimming World Cup 2023 witnessed historic highs with two World Records and 33 World Cup Records set during the tour. The competition’s hard-fought yet friendly rivalries, coupled with a substantial prize pool, contributed to the event’s electric atmosphere. The success of the 2023 tour, drawing record viewership and fan engagement, sets the stage for even greater heights in the upcoming Swimming World Cup.
World Aquatics Swimmer of the Year Kaylee McKeown, a dominant force in the 2023 Swimming World Cup, expressed her delight at the experience and the motivation it provides. With a stacked global aquatics event calendar, the Swimming World Cup remains a must-watch, promising intense competition and unparalleled performances.
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By- Sahiba Suri