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2024 World Relays to serve as official trials for Paris Olympics

The 2024 World Athletics Relays will serve as the official trials event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games as World Athletics have invited bids to host the event.

World Athletics says the event will serve as a make-or-break opportuniy for national teams.

The five Olympic relay disciplines will be contested at the event, including the 4×100 metres and 4x400m for men and women.

The mixed team 4x400m will also offer qualification for Paris 2024.

“This event showcases the thrills and sometimes spills unique to relays,” World Athletics said.

“It evokes drama, suspense and celebration.

“The knock-out format will add to this excitement, calling for truly inspired team performances as the anticipation and expectations build towards the Paris Olympic Games.”

A bid guide has been published by World Athletics to aid potential candidates.

The organisation says the indicative event budget for the event is expected to be between $3.5 million (£2.6 million/€3.1 million) and $4 million (£3 million/€3.6 million).

The budget is expected to vary according to local costs and conditions, with World Athletics saying it will host virtual meetings with bidding committees to discuss the proposed cost.

The preferred date for the World Athletics Relays is either April or May.

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