FINA has announced the schedule for the 8 stops of the 2014 Swimming World Cup Series, the organization’s premier short course meters circuit.
This year’s series will come with a different order, including a return to non-Russian Europe when the series goes to France in mid-August.
Also new in this year’s series is a swap of the middle east stops (Doha and Dubai) from its traditional spot at the beginning of the series, which will now be held at the end of the series. The series will instead start in Europe, which is what we saw FINA do (with much success) in 2013 to take advantage of geographic proximity to the World Aquatics Championships.
The first series of the meet begins just two days after the completion of the World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia, and FINA will hope to capitalize by grabbing the world’s best swimmers before the leave the region.
The move in Middle East dates means that the typical 106-degrees Fahrenheit average highs in August will become a much more manageable 85 degrees in November (though both the Doha and Dubai venues are indoors).
See the full 2015 series schedule below.
|August 11-12||Moscow (RUS)|
|August 15-16||Paris-Chartres (FRA)|
|September 25-26||Hong Kong (HKG)|
|September 29-30||Beijing (CHN)|
|October 3-4||Singapore (SIN)|
|October 28-29||Tokyo (JPN)|
|November 2-3||Doha (QAT)|
|November 6-7||Dubai (UAE)|