IOC suggests mixed relay for 2020 Olympics

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June 10, 2017
Gladstone Taylor/Photographer IAAF/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2017 Jamari Rose collects the baton from Natoya Goule in the mixed 4x400m relay finals at the 2017 World Relays in the Bahamas.

Athletics' world governing body, the IAAF, yesterday reacted with pleasure at the news that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is adding a mixed 4x400m relay to the athletics programme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The discipline was tested earlier this year in Nitro Athletics and at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas, where Jamaica finished third.

The IAAF said the event was hugely successful and appealing for athletes and spectators alike. Pitching teams of two men and two women together, with the added dimension of team tactics, make this a vibrant, youthful and exciting competition.

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