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Key decisions made for future Games

Key decisions made for future Games
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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has made a number of key decisions relating to the upcoming Games in 2020 and 2024.

For the first time in a Paralympics in two years, athletics will feature a mixed gender, mixed class 4x100m relay. Formed by two men and two women, the relay team must include one athlete from the T11-13 vision impairment classes, one from either the T33-34 or T51-54 wheelchair racing classes, one from the T35-38 co-ordination impairment classes, and an athlete with a limb impairment from the T42-47 or T61-64 classes.

Meanwhile, swimming will have six fewer medal events and have also included mixed gender events in their plan.

There has been good news for Cerebral Palsy football, Powerchair football, Golf, Karate, Para Dance and Sailing which have proceeded to the next stage of the application process to be included in the Paris 2024 programme.

On the developments, IPC President Andrew Parsons says: "For both athletics and swimming, we have created programmes that ensure a good cross section of events for athletes in all classes.

"By reducing the number of events in both sports from Rio 2016, we also aim to increase the depth of talent in each field and ensure greater long-term event viability. The addition of mixed gender relays will also enable more countries to participate."

For more details, including the sports that won't be included in the Paris 2024 Games, click here.