Mixed doubles tennis included in '12 Games

Mixed doubles tennis included in '12 Games

The IOC said the changes were triggered by the need to refresh the events programme and increase the number of female athletes in the Games.

In cycling, men and women will have the same five events, namely the sprint, team sprint, keirin, the new multi-event omnium and team pursuit.

The omnium is a multi-discipline event made up of five separate races, a 200-metre flying start time trial, a 5 km scratch race, a 3 km individual pursuit, a 15 km points race and a 1 km time trial.

Supporters of the omnium say it rewards the best all-round track cyclist and provides good entertainment for fans and TV.

But the exclusion of the popular individual pursuit has angered some cyclists and fans of the popular event.

In tennis, the mixed doubles has been introduced without increasing the number of overall competitors “to provide another opportunity for men and women to compete together on the same field of play”, the IOC said.