List of international athletics competitions

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In the sport of athletics, international competitions between national teams can be distinguished into four main 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, between nations of a specific geographical area
  • Competitions 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
Olympic Games 1896 World games Earth icon Fredrik.png Worldwide
World Championships 1983 World championships Earth icon Fredrik.png Worldwide
World Indoor Championships 1985 World indoor championships Earth icon Fredrik.png Worldwide
Universiade 1959 University games Earth icon Fredrik.png Worldwide (college athletes)
Military World Games 1995 Military games Earth icon Fredrik.png Worldwide (military athletes)
World Military Track & Field Championship 1941 Military championships Earth icon Fredrik.png Worldwide (military athletes)
Asian Games 1951 Continental games Asia (orthographic projection).svg Asia
Asian Indoor Games 2005 Continental indoor games Asia (orthographic projection).svg Asia
Pan American Games 1951 Continental games Americas (orthographic projection).svg Americas
African Games 1965 Continental games Africa (orthographic projection).svg Africa
European Games 2015 Continental games Europe (orthographic projection).svg Europe
European Championships 1934 Continental championships Europe (orthographic projection).svg Europe
European Indoor Championships 1966 Continental indoor championships Europe (orthographic projection).svg Europe
South American Championships 1919 Continental championships South America (orthographic projection).svg South America
Asian Championships 1973 Continental championships Asia (orthographic projection).svg Asia
African Championships 1979 Continental championships Africa (orthographic projection).svg Africa
Oceanian Championships 1990 Continental championships Australia-New Guinea (orthographic projection).svg Oceania
Mediterranean Games 1951 Regional games Partecipanti GdM.png All nations bordering the Mediterranean Sea
Pan Arab Games 1953 Regional games Arabic speaking world.svg Arab World nations
Commonwealth Games 1930 Regional games Commonwealth of Nations.svg Commonwealth of Nations
Central American and Caribbean Games 1926 Regional games Blankmap-CentralAmerica-Caribbean.png Central American and Caribbean nations
East Asian Games 1983 Regional games East Asia (orthographic projection).svg East Asian nations
South Asian Games 1953 Regional games South Asia (orthographic projection).svg South Asian nations
Southeast Asian Games 1959 Regional games Southeast Asia (orthographic projection).svg Southeast Asian nations
Island Games 1985 Regional games European islands and other small territories
Games of the Small States of Europe 1985 Regional games Small states of Europe
Maccabiah Games 1932 Ethnoreligious games Jewish athletes and Israeli athletes (including Arab Israelis)[1][2]
Lusophony Games 2006 Language games Portuguese speaking nations
Jeux de la Francophonie 1989 Language games French-speaking nations
Central American and Caribbean Championships 1967 Regional championships Blankmap-CentralAmerica-Caribbean.png Central American and Caribbean nations
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
Ibero-American Championships 1983 Regional championships Ibero-American countries
Pacific Conference Games 1969 Invitational championships Five Pacific-coast countries (later invitational)
FAJR Indoor Championships 1992 Regional championships Asia (orthographic projection).svg Asia
World Deaf Athletics Championships 2008 World championships Earth icon Fredrik.png Worldwide

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