International Association of Athletics Federations. International Amateur Athletic Federation Overview. Publication Timeline.
By the late s, popular enthusiasm for all types of physical exercise had caused a boom in participation sports. Athletics was especially popular, and soon became central to the exercise components of national educational systems. Organised athletics thrived in well developed industrial societies and an ever expanding competition programme developed in the schools and universities, in military organisations and private clubs.
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International Association of Athletics Federations IAAFformerly — International Amateur Athletic Federationtrack-and-field organization of national associations of more than countries. The major aims of the IAAF are to establish friendly cooperation among members; eliminate hindrance to participation in international meets on racial, religious, or political grounds; and compile rules and regulations governing competition. The IAAF is the ratifying body for all official world records in track-and-field events.
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In after years of athletics excellence, the International Association of Athletics Federations embarked on its second century with drive and determination. Athletics, a sport that was founded in antiquity, has continued to adapt through the centuries, offering a dynamic, life-enhancing sport which is ready for the exciting challenges of the next years. On the 17 July in Stockholm, Sweden, following the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in the Swedish capital, the International Amateur Athletic Federation IAAF was founded as the world governing body for the sport of track and field athletics.
The Committee met for the first time in Budapest on 7 January and the first European Athletics Championships were staged later that year in Torino. Its work included expanding the European competition programme by adding the European Cup first staged in and then the European Indoor Games first staged inwhich later became the European Indoor Championships. The EAA's role now includes the further development of the European competition programme and a number of other tasks in the service of its Member Federations.
It was founded on 17 July as the International Amateur Athletic Federation by representatives from 17 national athletics federations at the organization's first congress in Stockholm, Sweden. Since Octoberit has been headquartered in Monaco. Beginning inthe IAAF passed several amendments to its rules to allow athletes to receive compensation for participating in international competitions.