Governing body FINA agrees to introduce mixed relays

BARCELONA Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:28am EDT

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BARCELONA (Reuters) - Swimming fans will be able to watch the top male and female athletes competing on the same relay team at major championships after world governing body FINA agreed to introduce a mixed version of the event on Thursday.

"The feeling of everybody, swimmers and coaches and technical committee, is that this is a very interesting event with a lot of tactics involved," FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu told Reuters after the move was ratified at a technical congress in Barcelona.

"The most important thing is that the athletes are happy and I think that is why the decision was made," Marculescu added.

"I think it's going to be very popular with the swimmers and this is the number one criteria for me."

(Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Justin Palmer)

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