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Athletics world relays event to start in 2014

03 Sep 2012
Lausanne, Switzerland: The latest edition of the IOC Highlights of the Week news bulletin reports on the decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council to create a new competition: the IAAF World Relays. The first editions will take place in Nassau, Bahamas, in May 2014 and 2015. This new two-day competition will bring together the world’s best athletes, with a schedule that includes the traditional 4x100m and 4x400m events but also 4x200m, 4x800m and 4x1500m.

It is expected that the World Relays will be used to qualify some teams for the World Championships and Olympics. IAAF President Lamine Diack said: "The wonderful athletics competition in London has not only reinforced the appeal of our sport but specifically the popularity of relay races, which the spectators find dramatic and exciting.

“We are confident that this new special event, at the beginning of the season, will really help us promote the sport further. We were delighted when the Bahamas stepped forward to host because this country is passionate about athletics and has a tremendous reputation in the relay races.

“We have received strong support and financial guarantees from the Government of the Bahamas which will help us, together with our partner the Bahamas AAA, to deliver an excellent and exciting product." The IAAF World Relays will be open to all IAAF Member Federations and there will be a total of approximately $1.4 million in prize money available.

Source: www.olympic.org/www.iaaf.org
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