Swimming: Governing body Fina agrees to introduce mixed relays

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 said 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.

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