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Which brings us back to relays. Their importance should never be underestimated. There are obvious benefits, aside from the bonus of qualifying additional athletes for an Olympics. For instance, having a relay team competing at European, World or Olympic level offers a great opportunity to develop athletes. For countries like Ireland, a relay team at a major event would almost certainly feature several young athletes who had not managed to get the qualifying time for their individual discipline but who could still have the opportunity to experience the championship atmosphere. It keeps the athlete in the sport; keeps them focused on competing, even after the disappointment of failing to qualify in their own right. Being part of a team at a major games gives an athlete a taste of the big time and exposes him or her to a big event.