- International Association of Athletics Federations
name = International Association of Athletics Federations
size = 180 px
type = Sports federation
formation = 1912
membership = 212 member federations
leader_title = President
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,
Swedenby 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 Diackof Senegal. He became Acting President shortly after the death of the previous president, Primo Nebioloof Italy in November 1999, and was elected IAAF President at the IAAF's 2001 Congress.
The IAAF has a total of 213 member federations, [cite news|author= |title=Record 203 Member Federations to compete in Osaka |url=http://osaka2007.iaaf.org/news/kind=512/newsid=40314.html#record+member+federations+compete+osaka |work=IAAF.org |date=20 August 2007 |accessdate=2007-08-20] which is 5 more than
FIFAand 21 more constituent members than the United Nations.
:colorbox|#FF66FF AAA –
Asian Athletics Associationin Asia:colorbox|#FF8C00 CAA – Confédération africaine d'athlétismein Africa:colorbox|#66EE66 CONSUDATLE – Confederación Sudamericana de Atletismoin South America:colorbox|#6666FF EAA – European Athletic Associationin Europe:colorbox|#FF6666 NACACAA – North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association in North America:colorbox|yellow OAA – Oceania Athletic Associationin 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:
* [http://www.iaaf.org/ Official website]
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