Synchronised diving: mixed-gender pairs approved by Fina

Maxime Bouchard and Vincent Riendeau of Canada
At the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, there was a mixed-gender triathlon event, but no mixed-gender diving competitions

Men and women will be able to compete as a pair at major diving events after world aquatics governing body approved the introduction of mixed-gender teams.

Mixed teams will compete in the 3m and 10m synchronised events.

Fina has also given the green light for mixed-gender duets in synchronised swimming.

Former world champion Tom Daley described the decisionexternal-link as "really exciting", adding: "I think the public will really get behind it."

British Diving's national performance director Alexei Evangulov also welcomed the news, saying: "The decision is a great opportunity to widen our sport, to increase popularity and to bring something new and fresh into the sport."

Bobsleigh approved mixed-gender teams in September, while men and women also competed alongside each other in the triathlon relay at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

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