When will New Zealand finally be crowned the next World Champions?
The World Championships, in their fifth year, are being held in Brisbane, Queensland.
The sportswear giant Nike, the sponsor of the event, announced the new format in a press release on Wednesday.
The 2017 edition of the World Championships will be the final World Championship in Australia.
The event will be held at Suncorp Stadium in Canberra.
The event will feature a combined field of 34 athletes competing in 12 events, including swimming, rowing, cycling, table tennis, swimming freestyle, triathlon and figure skating.
The women’s event will also include a combined men’s and women’s team.
Australia’s men’s team will represent Australia in Rio in August.