Mixed-Gender Swim Relays To Debut At World Cup

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The battle of the sexes has hit the pool.

The opening meet of the World Cup in Dubai on Tuesday will feature 4x50-meter mixed relays for the first time. Teams will be made up of two men and two women, and it is up to them to decide the order - so, for instance, a woman could race against a man on the anchor leg.

The initiative will be used at all eight World Cup meets. Swimming's governing body, FINA, has said the event will be introduced at the short-course world championships in Istanbul in December and could one day be an Olympic event.

FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu said Monday the plan was part of the effort to move the sport forward.