Rome: The 2024 World Athletics Relays have been awarded to Nassau in The Bahamas, the World Athletics Council announced in a meeting held here.
This event will be held in April/May 2024 (dates to be confirmed) and will be the main Olympic qualifying event for the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays and the mixed 4x400m relay.
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe welcomed the decision, saying: “We have had three wonderful editions of the World Athletics Relays in Nassau, which established this event on the global calendar, so we know we are in safe hands for what will be an important Olympic qualifier for all our relay events.”
After being hosted three consecutive times by Nassau in the Bahamas, in 2014, 2015 and 2017, the World Relays have been held in Yokohama, Japan in 2019 and Chorzow in Poland last year.
The Council in an another important decision taken at its 229th meeting held here on Wednesday said that the World Athletics will introduce an official world record for the road mile From January 1, 2023.
According to the changed competition rule, “Prior to September 1, 2023, official recognition of a world record will require a performance of at least 3:50.00 (men) / 4:19.00 (women). If the listed standards are not met by 1 September, the fastest recorded, record-eligible performances will be recognised as the world records.”