International Association of Athletics Federations

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International Association of Athletics Federations
International Association of Athletics Federations logo.svg
Formation 17 July 1912
Type Sports federation
Headquarters Monaco
212 member federations
Lamine Diack

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of athletics. It was founded on 17 July 1912 at its first congress in Stockholm, Sweden by representatives from 17 national athletics federations as the International Amateur Athletics Federation. Since October 1993, it has been headquartered in Monaco.

Beginning in 1982, the IAAF passed several amendments to its rules allowing athletes to receive compensation for participation in international athletics competitions. However, the IAAF retained the word "amateur" in its name until its 2001 Congress at which the IAAF's name was changed to its current form.

The IAAF's current president is Lamine Diack of Senegal. He became Acting President shortly after the death of the previous president, Primo Nebiolo of Italy in November 1999, and was elected President at the 2001 Congress.


IAAF Council Members gathered for the 2014 IAAF Council Meeting

Since the establishment of the IAAF, it has had five presidents:

Name Country Presidency
Sigfrid Edström Sweden 1912–1946
Lord Burghley United Kingdom 1946–1976
Adriaan Paulen Netherlands 1976–1981
Primo Nebiolo Italy 1981–1999
Lamine Diack Senegal 1999–

Area associations[edit]

Map of world with six area associations

The IAAF has a total of 212 member federations (it had been 213 but at the November 2010 meeting of the IAAF Council it was announced that the Netherlands Antilles would cease to exist independently) divided into 6 area associations.[1][2]

‹See Tfm›     AAA – Asian Athletics Association in Asia
‹See Tfm›     CAA – Confederation of African Athletics in Africa
‹See Tfm›     CONSUDATLE – Confederación Sudamericana de Atletismo in South America
‹See Tfm›     EAA – European Athletic Association in Europe
‹See Tfm›     NACACAA – North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association in North America
‹See Tfm›     OAA – Oceania Athletics Association in Oceania

Age categories[edit]

  • Senior (all the athletes over 20 years old) (age-group competition over age 35 has become the domain of World Masters Athletics)
  • Junior (athletes aged 18 or 19 years on 31 December of the year of the competition)[3]
  • Youth (athletes aged 16 or 17 years on 31 December of the year of the competition)[3]


Included in its charge are the standardization of timekeeping methods and world records. The IAAF also organizes many major athletics competitions worldwide, including:

World Athletics Series[edit]

The World Championships in Athletics is the foremost athletics competition held by the IAAF.
Competition Frequency Established
IAAF World Championships in Athletics Every two years 1983
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics Every two years 1985
IAAF World Cross Country Championships Every two years 1973
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Every two years 1992
IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics Every two years 1986
IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics Every two years 1999
IAAF World Race Walking Cup Every two years 1961
IAAF World Marathon Cup Every two years 1985
IAAF Continental Cup Every four years 1977
IAAF World Relays Every year 2014
† = Formerly IAAF World Cup

One-day events[edit]

Competition Established
IAAF Diamond League 2010
IAAF World Challenge Meetings 2010
IAAF Indoor Permit Meetings 2010
IAAF Label Road Races
IAAF Cross Country Permit Meetings
IAAF World Combined Events Challenge 1998
IAAF World Race Walking Challenge 2003

IAAF Road Race Label Events[edit]


Competition Frequency
IAAF World Road Running Championships Defunct
IAAF World Road Relay Championships Defunct
IAAF World Athletics Tour Defunct
IAAF Golden League Defunct
IAAF Super Grand Prix Defunct
IAAF Grand Prix Defunct
IAAF Grand Prix Final Defunct
IAAF World Athletics Final Defunct
IAAF World Cross Challenge Defunct

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "IAAF National Member Federations". Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "BASIC INFORMATION GUIDE – 2011". Retrieved 31 January 2013. 

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