By Adrian Robinson in Nassau, Bahamas
IAAF President Lamine Diack, at the press conference for the World Relays, dismissed under his watch a mix relay team.
Diack said the proposed mixed relays with men and women is a great idea, however he said it won’t be done under his watch.
He went on to say it could happen down the road in maybe another two or three relay championships. Diack is set to leave office as president in two years time.
Meanwhile, in a IAAF statement, Diack today called the inaugural IAAF World Relays, due to kick off tomorrow (Saturday) at Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, The Bahamas, “the latest example of athletics’ continuing evolution.”
In the past 50 years, Diack said, athletics has seen the transition from amateurism to professionalism, the decline of international dual meetings and corresponding rise of invitationals, and the creation of the IAAF World Championships. Now the IAAF World Relays are ready to take a turn at centre stage.
“You’re always asking when we will introduce new events,” Diack said to the assembled media. “We looked for new event hosts and The Bahamas was ready. We were considering 2015, but the local organising committee said they were ready for 2014.”