According to NBC Sports, swimming’s world governing body FINA is proposing to add ten more events to the swimming programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, including more 50m events, additional 800m and 1500m Freestyle races as well as mixed relays.
Currently the only 50m race at the Olympics is the 50m Freestyle but this could be about to change with the addition of Butterfly, Backstroke and Breaststroke 50m sprint events. That’s potentially great news for our very own Adam Peaty who is the world record holder at 50m and 100m Breaststroke and is renowned for his sprinting ability.
Nor is it just the sprinters who are expected to benefit from the proposed additional races. Currently the furthest distance women can swim at the Olympics is 800m Freestyle. However, this could be about to change with the addition of a 1500m Freestyle event for women. This would undoubtedly suit America’s Katie Ledecky who is world champion in the event.
In order to make things equal, men would also be able to compete in the 800m Freestyle. There will also be the addition of mixed relay events which have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years.
Personally, I think it’s all a great idea although it will bring the total number of swimming events competed at the Olympics to 44 which will make the swimming programme very busy indeed.
Ultimately, it will be up to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to decide whether these additional 10 races can go ahead.
The proposed added events:
• Women’s 1500m freestyle
• Men’s 800m freestyle
• Two mixed relays (4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley)
• Men’s and women’s 50m backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly