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IOC Approves Mixed Doubles For London 2012 Olympics

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Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi© Getty ImagesIndian duo Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi won the 2009 Australian Open mixed doubles.

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today approved the inclusion of a mixed doubles tennis event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The requested change came from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as part of the IOC’s systematic review of the Olympic programme.

The changes reflect the IOC’s desire to continually refresh the programme, as well as its commitment to increase women’s participation.

The inclusion of the mixed doubles event will not increase the current number of athletes but will bring an added value to the Olympic programme by providing another opportunity for men and women to compete together on the same field of play.

“The ITF is very happy and grateful that the IOC Executive Board has decided to add mixed doubles to the programme for the Olympic Tennis Event for London 2012 and beyond,” said Francesco Ricci Bitti, ITF President.

“We believe that this addition will make Olympic Tennis a truly unique event, with top players having the opportunity to compete for their countries and the honour of an Olympic Medal in three distinct disciplines: singles, doubles and mixed doubles. The ITF thanks the IOC Executive Board for their continuing support of tennis in the Olympic Games.”

- story from ITFTennis.com

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