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. During the 10 decades that followed, athletics underwent many changes which reflected the political and socio-economic evolution of the wider world.
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Track and Field: International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF , formerly — International Amateur Athletic Federation , track-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. Because of a shift toward professionalism in international athletic competitions, the organization changed its name to International Association of Athletics Federations in Headquarters, originally in Stockholm —46 and London —93 , are now in Monaco.
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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.