Athletics

Mixed-gender relays could be Olympic sport

Doha - Mixed-gender relays are being considered as an Olympic event to ramp up interest in athletics, a senior member of the sport's governing body said on Thursday.

"As a sport we are looking at different formats," Olivier Gers, chief executive of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), told AFP.

"It's definitely something for the Olympics to look at and for the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to decide jointly with the IAAF.

"It's definitely something we have been talking about for quite some time."

Mixed-sex relays were trialled at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau in April.

A 4x400m event, with two men and two women per team running in no set order, proved a highlight at the championships in the Bahamas, especially as the home team won.

"It was incredible," said Gers.

"The crowd was incredible, I still have goosebumps thinking about it. These are the kind of things we need to look at."

Gers was speaking in Qatar ahead of the opening Diamond League event of the season in Doha on Friday.

Gers' boss at the IAAF, Sebastian Coe, has spoken in the past about track and field changing traditional formats of various events as the sport competes for television audiences.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
Cape Town City 0
Stellenbosch FC 0
loading... Live
Burnley 0
Arsenal 1
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
41% - 12471 votes
Cricket
12% - 3724 votes
Football
19% - 5657 votes
Athletics
3% - 787 votes
Boxing
1% - 299 votes
Cycling
2% - 710 votes
Golf
5% - 1548 votes
Motorsport
8% - 2545 votes
Tennis
3% - 1055 votes
Water sports
1% - 274 votes
American sports
1% - 390 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 1016 votes
Vote