International Association of Athletics Federations

International Association of Athletics Federations

Infobox Organization
name = International Association of Athletics Federations

size = 180 px
motto =
type = Sports federation
formation = 1912
headquarters = Monaco
membership = 212 member federations
leader_title = President
leader_name = Lamine Diack

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of athletics. It was founded in 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 has 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 title 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 IAAF President at the IAAF's 2001 Congress.

Continental associations

The IAAF has a total of 213 member federations, [cite news|author= |title=Record 203 Member Federations to compete in Osaka |url= | |date=20 August 2007 |accessdate=2007-08-20] which is 5 more than FIFA and 21 more constituent members than the United Nations.

:colorbox|#FF66FF AAA – Asian Athletics Association in Asia:colorbox|#FF8C00 CAA – Confédération africaine d'athlétisme in Africa:colorbox|#66EE66 CONSUDATLE – Confederación Sudamericana de Atletismo in South America:colorbox|#6666FF EAA – European Athletic Association in Europe:colorbox|#FF6666 NACACAA – North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association in North America:colorbox|yellow OAA – Oceania Athletic Association in Oceania


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


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

Official Partners

*ÅF (Title sponsor for the Golden League competition)
*Eurovision (World Media Sponsor)
*Seiko (Official Sports Timer)
*TBS (Japan Media Sponsor)
*Toyota (Car Sponsor)


External links

* [ Official website]

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