- The Commonwealth Games may introduce mixed relays at Birmingham 2022
- There are planned talks to have para and able-bodied athletes compete together
- Discussions expected to centre on swimming relays and 4x100m on the track
The Commonwealth Games Federation are planning talks over introducing mixed relays between para and able-bodied athletes at Birmingham 2022.
The intention is to see if it is feasible to merge the two, with medals up for grabs for the first time in a major event.
Sportsmail understands that early thoughts are centred on the swimming relays and the 4x100m on the track, with the concept known to have strong support among the hierarchy at the Commonwealth Federation.
Mixed relays between able-bodied and para athletes could be introduced at Birmingham 2022
The Commonwealth Games are unique in running para and able-bodied programmes at the same time, and Gold Coast 2018 has set a Games record of hosting 300 para athletes and 38 medal events — 73 per cent more para medals than at Glasgow 2014.
The current games have seen the Home Nations enjoy success across the board.
England sit in second in the medal table, with 99 medals in total, while neighbours Wales have recorded their best ever haul at an overseas Commonwealth Games.
Scotland, meanwhile, are seventh, having racked up 41 medals so far.
England sit second in the medal table thanks to Katarina Johnson-Thompson (right) and Co