Swimming's governing body wants 10 more Olympic events, including mixed-gender relays
Katie Ledecky could be headed for more medal opportunities by the time the next Olympics rollaround.
On Monday, swimming’s international governing body FINA proposed to add 10 more swimming medal events to the 2020Tokyo Games, including two mixed-gender relays.
The proposed additions, which are awaiting approval from the International Olympic Committee, would bring swimming’s Olympic program to 44 events.
New events would include the women’s 1500-meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle, two mixed-gender relays (4x100-meter freestyle and4x100-meter medley), men’s and women’s 50-meter backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
The proposed events are currently swum at FINA’s World Championships every two years, includingmixed-gender relays, which debuted in 2015. Each country uses two men and two womenin any order.
While the 1500-meter freestyle is believed to be Ledecky'sstrongest event, sprinters would actually benefit most from the new proposed changes and makeMichael Phelps‘ record 28 Olympic medals seems a bit morefeasible.