The International Aquatics Federation (Fina) has confirmed that the 2015 edition of its Swimming World Cup will include an event in France.
The Chartres-Paris leg will serve as the second event in Cluster One and will take place over the weekend of August 15-16. Fina said in December that a World Cup event would take place in Chartres-Paris, but have now formally confirmed its place on the calendar.
The meet may also gain extra prominence after a report in French newspaper L’Equipe said American swimmer and 22-time Olympic medallist, Michael Phelps, could use the event to stage his competitive comeback. Phelps in October was handed a six-month ban by the USA Swimming national governing body after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Baltimore.
The Chartres-Paris leg will be preceded by the opening event of the World Cup in the form of a meeting in the Russian city of Moscow from August 11-12. The series will then move on to events in Hong Kong and the Chinese capital of Beijing in September, before a stop off in Singapore at the start of October marks the end of Cluster Two.
The Japanese capital of Tokyo will stage the first event of Cluster Three at the end of October before the series heads to the Middle East for a leg in Doha, Qatar at the start of November. The 2015 World Cup will conclude with an event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from November 6-7. Over $2m (€1.6m) in prize money will be on offer across the 25m-pool circuit.
Fina president Julio Maglione said: “The 2015 edition of this World Cup has definitively a very attractive calendar, and will be attended by our best swimmers. Everything will be put in place to ensure great excitement and superb performances during this circuit, which became an important reference in the international swimming calendar.”
South Africa’s Chad Le Clos finished as champion of the men’s field during the 2014 edition of the World Cup while Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the women’s competition.