The 2014 edition of the FINA/Mastbank Swimming World Cup will kick-off in Doha (QAT) on August 27-28 with the presence of many stars aiming at shining in this prestigious 25m-pool circuit. Among them, the 2013 winners of the series, Chad Le Clos (RSA) in the menâ€™s field and Katinka Hosszu (HUN) in the womenâ€™s category.
At the Hamad Aquatic Centre, around 150 swimmers from 30 countries will compete over the 36 events on the programme. Besides Le Clos and Hosszu, other athletes to watch include Ashley Delaney and Robert Hurley (both from Australia), Sanja Jovanovic (CRO), Mireia Belmonte (ESP), Daniel Gyurta (HUN), Fabio Scozzoli (ITA), Alia Atkinson (JAM), Inge Dekker (NED), Pawel Korzeniowski (POL), Roland Schoeman (RSA), George Bovell (TRI), Oussama Mellouli (TUN) and Daryna Zevina (UKR).
The FINA/Mastbank Swimming World Cup 2014 comprises seven legs distributed on three clusters, according to the following schedule:
- August 27-28, Doha (QAT)
- August 31-September 1, Dubai (UAE)
- September 29-30, Hong Kong (HKG)
- October 4-5, Moscow (RUS)
- October 24-25, Beijing (CHN)
- October 28-29, Tokyo (JPN)
- November 1-2, Singapore (SIN)
In order to reward the best athletes and performances, a total of nearly US$ 2 million is available and includes the prize money provided at each meet, cluster, and overall ranking, plus bonuses for the establishment of World Records.
The FINA/Mastbank Swimming World Cup 2014 can be followed on the FINA website thanks to a live TV streaming and live info feed for the finals at each meet.