World Aquatics Names Five Venues for 2024 Open Water World Cup, Paris Not Among Them

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World Aquatics Names Five Venues for 2024 Open Water World Cup, Paris Not Among Them

World Aquatics on Monday unveiled five stops on its 18th season of the Open Water World Cup. Not among them is the site of the year’s biggest open water race, the Olympic course in Paris.

The circuit kicks off in March and will run through the fall, with the dates of the fifth and final stop in Israel still to be determined. (Global tensions in the region may play into that at this juncture.)

The 2024 circuit:

  • Soma Bay, Egypt, March 23-24
  • Golfo Aranci, Italy, May 25-26
  • Setubal, Portugal, June 1-2
  • Hong Kong, China, Oct. 26-27
  • Eliat, Israel, TBD

Eliat was to be the final stop on the 2023 Open Water World Cup in December, but the venue was moved to Funchal, Portugal, after war erupted between Israel and Palestine.

The venues span three continents, many of them frequent destinations for the elite open water swimmers.

“Every stop of the World Aquatics Open Water World Cup 2024 provides something extraordinary, from the crystal-clear waters of Soma Bay to the Hong Kong skyline,” World Aquatics President Husain Al-Musallam said in a press release. “Next year promises to be a really special one for open water swimming.”

The tour includes several familiar venues.

“Sardinia is a second home for many of us who compete in open water swimming. It’s always a joy to race there,” German swimmer Leonie Beck said in a World Aquatics release, referencing Golfo Aranci.

Conspicuous in its absence on the slate is Paris. World Aquatics had added the 10-kilometer course in the River Seine for the 2023 World Cup, but that race in August was scrapped due to water quality issues after heavy rains pounded France.

The Olympic 10-kilometer races will be held on Aug. 8 for the women and Aug. 9 for the met.

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