World Series return to Berlin in October

German capital is home to one of the most traditional Para swimming competitions in the world 17 Sep 2020
Two men jumping in the pool from starting blocks with people watching them from the stands
The Internationale Deutsche Meisterschaften (IDM) in Berlin has been part of the World Series since the opening season in 2017
ⒸRalf Kuckuck/Berlin 2018 LOC
By World Para Swimming

The 2020 World Para Swimming World Series will return in October with the German capital Berlin staging the second and final leg of the season.

The Berlin 2020 World Series was initially scheduled to June but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic – which caused the whole World Para Swimming season to be interrupted. 

The competition will now take place from 15 to 18 October. The venue will again be the Schwimm- und Sprunghalle in the Europasportpark (SSE) – one of the fastest competition pools in the world.

This will be the 34th edition of the Internationale Deutsche Meisterschaften 2019 (IDM) – the German International Para Swimming Championships -, which has been part of the World Series since the inaugural edition in 2017.

The traditional Para swimming competition has already hosted hundreds of Paralympic medallists. 

Last year alone, a total of 43 world records were broken at the SSE. Great Britain’s Alice Tai was responsible for six of them – a performance that gave her the 2019 World Series women’s title.


National teams and athletes interested in taking part in the Berlin 2020 World Series can register by clicking here. The deadline for entries is 28 September.

Information about travel restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany is available on the German Federal Foreign Office website.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) has created a page for those interested in volunteering at the competition. The registration page can be found here  (in German only).

Melbourne, Australia hosted the opening World Series in 2020 in February before the season was put on hold in response to the coronavirus outbreak.