International athletics championships and games

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In the sport of athletics, major international competitions between nations can be distinguished into four types:

  • Multi-sport events, commonly referred to as Games, where athletics events form part of a wider sporting programme
  • World championships, the primary competitions where all nations may compete
  • Continental or regional championships, competitions between nations of a specific continent or region
  • Championships where the invited nations or athletes have a shared language, religion, ethnicity, occupation or political allegiance

Competitions[edit]

# Event 1st edition Kind of competition May participate
1 Olympic Games 1896 World games Earth icon Fredrik.png Worldwide
2 World Championships 1983 World championships Earth icon Fredrik.png Worldwide
3 World Indoor Championships 1985 World indoor championships Earth icon Fredrik.png Worldwide
4 Universiade 1959 University games Earth icon Fredrik.png Worldwide (college athletes)
5 Military World Games 1995 Military games Earth icon Fredrik.png Worldwide (military athletes)
5a World Military Track & Field Championship 1941 Military championships Earth icon Fredrik.png Worldwide (military athletes)
6 Asian Games 1951 Continental games Asia (orthographic projection).svg Asia
7 Asian Indoor Games 2005 Continental indoor games Asia (orthographic projection).svg Asia
8 Pan American Games 1951 Continental games Americas (orthographic projection).svg Americas
9 All-Africa Games 1965 Continental games Africa (orthographic projection).svg Africa
10 European Championships 1934 Continental championships Europe (orthographic projection).svg Europe
11 European Indoor Championships 1966 Continental indoor championships Europe (orthographic projection).svg Europe
12 South American Championships 1919 Continental championships South America (orthographic projection).svg South America
13 Asian Championships 1973 Continental championships Asia (orthographic projection).svg Asia
14 African Championships 1979 Continental championships Africa (orthographic projection).svg Africa
15 Ocenian Championships 1990 Continental championships Australia-New Guinea (orthographic projection).svg Oceania
16 Mediterranean Games 1951 Regional games Partecipanti GdM.png All nations bordering the Mediterranean Sea
17 Pan Arab Games 1953 Regional games Arabic speaking world.svg Arab World nations
18 Commonwealth Games 1930 Regional games Commonwealth of Nations.svg Commonwealth of Nations
19 Central American and Caribbean Games 1926 Regional games Blankmap-CentralAmerica-Caribbean.png Central American and Caribbean nations
20 East Asian Games 1983 Regional games East Asia (orthographic projection).svg East Asian nations
21 South Asian Games 1953 Regional games South Asia (orthographic projection).svg South Asian nations
22 Southeast Asian Games 1959 Regional games Southeast Asia (orthographic projection).svg Southeast Asian nations
23 Island Games 1985 Regional games European islands and other small territories
24 Games of the Small States of Europe 1985 Regional games Small states of Europe
25 Maccabiah Games 1950 Ethnoreligious games Jewish athletes
26 Lusophony Games 2006 Language games Portuguese speaking nations
27 Jeux de la Francophonie 1989 Language games French-speaking nations
28 Central American and Caribbean Championships 1967 Regional championships Blankmap-CentralAmerica-Caribbean.png Central American and Caribbean nations
29 North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships 2007 Regional championships BK North America (orthographic projection).png North American, Blankmap-CentralAmerica-Caribbean.png Central American and Caribbean nations
30 Ibero-American Championships 1983 Regional championships Ibero-American countries

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