IAAF to launch World Relays competition
LONDON, England (AP) — The international track and field federation plans to launch a new IAAF World Relays competition in the Bahamas in May 2014 that will include a 4x1,500-metre event.
The IAAF says in a statement yesterday the two-day competition will "bring together the world's best athletes," in a schedule that includes the 4x100 and 4x400-metre races — traditionally contested at the World Championships and Olympics — as well as 4x200, 4x800 and the 4x1,500.
IAAF president Lamine Diack says "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".
The event will be open to all IAAF member countries and have prize money of about $1.4 million.