IAAF Change to World Athletics

                               The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) council has approved the global governing body’s new name and logo at the 217th IAAF Council Meeting in Monaco, France.

The new name, ‘World Athletics’, builds upon the organisation’s restructuring and governance reform agenda of the past four years to represent a modern, more creative and positive face for the sport.

World Athletics is the international governing body for the sport of athletics, covering track and fieldcross country runningroad runningracewalkingmountain running and ultrarunning.

Included in its charge, are the standardization of rules and regulations for the sports, recognition and management of world records, and the organisation and sanctioning of athletics competitions, including the World Athletics Championships.

Mr. Sebastian Coe of the United Kingdom is the President of World Athletics. He was elected in 2015 and re-elected unopposed in 2019 for a further four years.

World Athletics was founded on 17 July 1912 as the International Amateur Athletic Federation(IAAF) by representatives from 17 national athletics federations at the organization’s first meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, with a first congress in Berlin in 1913.

It was headquartered in Stockholm from 1912 to 1946, in London from 1946 to 1993, then moved to its current location in Monaco.

Liberia Athletics Federation President Mulbah Zaza President and World Athletics Sebastine Cole during one of the Congresses

Beginning in 1982, the IAAF passed several amendments to its rules to allow athletes to receive compensation for participating in international competitions. However, the organization retained the word amateur in its name until its 2001 congress, at which it changed its name to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

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