The World Aquatics Swimming World Cup Series for 2024 will be held in Southeast Asia, with three stops in Shanghai, China, Incheon, South Korea, and Singapore. This marks a return to the traditional short course meters format in preparation for the 2024 World Short Course Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The decision to have a compact three-meet series comes as a response to an increasingly crowded international swimming calendar and a decrease in the number of stops since its peak of 12 around the turn of the century.
Incheon is a new city to host the series, while Shanghai and Singapore have previously hosted events. The men’s series was won by Qin Haiyang from China in 2023, while Australia’s Kaylee McKeown took home the women’s title. It is noteworthy that China sent most of its elite swimmers to the 2023 World Cup Series following the Asian Games, which could have been an indication of their plans for all three meets of the 2024 series to be held in Southeast Asia.