International Association of Athletics Federations
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of athletics. Hence, the IAAF sets the rules for international track and field competitions, including those events held at the Olympics. Each of its 213 members is the national governing body for athletics in a particular country. The IAAF is the largest International Federation in the Olympic Movement and represents more countries than does the United Nations. The IAAF has six regions, with the members conducting championships on a regional basis, such as the Pan American Games. The IAAF also functions through five elected committees on Cross Country, Racewalking, Women, Masters and Technical.
The IAAF 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.
The IAAF has affiliated with six area associations, which sponsor continent-wide championships:
- Asian Athletics Association
- Confederation of African Athletics
- North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association
- CONSUDATLE - South America
- Oceania Athletics Association
- European Athletic Association
- IAAF World Athletics Final
- IAAF World Championships
- IAAF World Combined Events Challenge
- IAAF World Cross Challenge
- IAAF World Cross Country Championships
- IAAF World Race Walking Challenge
- ↑ http://www.iaaf.org/aboutiaaf/structure/federations/index.html Retrieved 2008-08-29.
- ↑ http://www.iaaf.org/aboutiaaf/structure/committees/index.html Retrieved 2008-08-29.