World Athletics Day 2022: History & Significance


New Delhi: World Athletics Day is celebrated every year globally in May to raise awareness about the importance of fitness and encourage them to play sports, especially athletics.

However, the date varies with the years and every year World Athletics, finalises a certain date to mark the day of celebration around the globe. According to the organisation, the day will be commemorated on 7 May. This year. Kids’ Athletics Day will also be celebrated on 7 May by the organisation.

World Athletics Day was first launched in 1996 by Primo Nebiolo who was the then-president of the International Amateur Athletics Foundation. Nebiolo proposed that participation in sports can lead us to build a healthier society.

Since then, World Athletics sponsors the day to focus on sportsmanship and fitness. The theme for the first World Athletics Day was based on the Centennial edition of the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

IAAF was founded in Sweden on 17 July 1912 by 17 national athletic federations as the international governing body for the field of athletics. The organisation, which looks after issues such as standardised technical equipment and list of official world records, changed its name to World Athletics in 2019.

Objectives of World Athletics Day

  • Popularising sports among the youth
  • Giving a boost to Athletics and making it the primary sport in schools and institutions
  • Increasing public awareness about sports and imparting education to youngsters about the importance of sports
  • To establish an important link between the youth, sport, and environmental conservation


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