Mixed re­lay may de­but at 2020 Tokyo Games

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Three or more new swim­ming events may be added to the Olympic ros­ter for the 2020 Tokyo Games, a source close to the In­ter­na­tional Swim­ming Fed­er­a­tion (FINA) told AFP on Mon­day.

Adding the new events, in­clud­ing a mixed gen­der re­lay, an 800m men’s freestyle and a 1500m women’s freestyle, would ex­tend swim­ming’s Olympic sched­ule into a ninth day, the source said.

At Rio 2016 the swim­ming pro­gramme was held over eight days.

“The Olympic broad­caster OBS wants it that way be­cause swim­ming gets great au­di­ences,” the source said.

A high div­ing event and a mixed gen­der syn­chro­nised event may also be added to the sched­ule.

A de­ci­sion on the new events should be made on June 9 at a meet­ing of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

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