Michael Phelps Won’t Swim at Paris-Chartes World Cup Stop

In December during Michael Phelps‘ 6 month ban from competition, the French sports outlet L’equipe reported via comments from an official of the French Federation that Phelps would be making his return to international competition at the new French-based stop of the 2015 FINA World Cup Series on August 15th and 16th.

Read SwimSwam’s December report here. 

Today, however, Phelps’ management revealed that he will not be swimming at the Paris-Chartres stop of the 2015 FINA World Cup Series as reported back in December. The French meet does not directly conflict with US National Championships, but his management told SwimSportNews today that he will not be competing in France because he wants to concentrate on the national meet in San Antonio.

Before his first retirement in 2012, Phelps was never a frequent visitor to the FINA World Cup Series, though he did make stops in Berlin and Moscow in 2011, and a few others scattered earlier in his career (2006, 2002). He has always been a frequent visitor to France, however, competing for many years in the Paris Open.

The Paris-Chartres World Cup is the second stop of the 2015 FINA World Cup Series. The full schedule can be found 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)

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Justin Thompson
6 years ago

My guess is he wants a small break after Nationals and then get back to training.

6 years ago

This is really great to see! It’s great to know that he is choosing one meet and putting everything he has into it. We will be able to see what he is capable of achieving when fully tapered. I get kind of tired of always trying to guess whether or not an athlete is saving their full strength for a different meet.

Lazy Observer
6 years ago

Given how little competition he has been able to partake of in the last 3 years, is it likely that he may make it to other stops on the tour?

6 years ago

MP has stated that he will (or maybe he already has?) move to Tempe and train at ASU with Bob Bowman. Will he remain attached to NBAC for the duration?

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Why they name the Chartres world cup meet the Paris-Chartres world cup meet?
There’s a distance around 90/100 km between both cities and the meet is in Chartres, not in Paris.
It’s probably to try to fight in terms of recognition with the others stops of this world cup which are in big megalopolis compared to the 40000 people who live in Chartres.
But at the same time it’s a pure rip-off. That meet is not in Paris!

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

They should try to change France’s name into “Republic of Paris and its suburbs”, it would be easier.

Same thing about the olympic games bid of Paris. They seek the support of the whole country, but the country has nothing to gain, and if there are big investments to be made in a french major city, it’s certainly not in Paris.

6 years ago

This meet pays athletes to attend which is why he went in the past. Phelps doesn’t need the money obviously so probably decided it wasn’t worth it.

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