World Athletics Day 2022: History, Significance, Theme, Objectives, Quotes and more

Publish Date: 06 May, 2022
World Athletics Day 2022: History, Significance, Theme, Objectives, Quotes and more

World Athletics Day 2022: Every year, May 7 is celebrated and observed as World Athletics Day. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), formerly known as the International Amateur Athletic Federation, founded this day as a social responsibility project ‘Athletics for a Better World’.

The IAAF aims to increase the participation of youngsters in athletics and spread awareness about the importance of fitness.

World Athletics Day 2022: History

• World Athletics Day was introduced in 1996 by the then IAAF president Primo Nebiolo.

• The IAAF was established in 1912 in Sweden as the international governing body for sports and athletics.

• Each year, the IAAF sponsors and organizes World Athletics Day. This day is celebrated with several athletic and sports competitions across schools and colleges.

World Athletics Day: Significance

World Athletics Day aims to promote the spirit of participation in athletics among the youth and understand the importance of staying fit and healthy.

World Athletics Day: Objectives

• Increase public awareness and sports education among youngsters.

• Give athletics a central role in the sports programs of schools and colleges,

• Encourage children and teenagers in schools to take up athletics.

World Athletics Day 2022: Theme

The Theme for World Athletics Day 2022 is not yet announced. 

World Athletics Day 2022: Athletics in India

• In India, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) is the apex body that oversees athletics in the country.

• AFI was founded in 1946. It is affiliated with the IAAF, Indian Olympic Association, and AAA.

• AFI organizes international championships and meets, national championships and Grand Prix series, national inter-district juniors athletics meet, IAAF-AFI kids athletics, and develops young athletic talent across India.

World Athletics Day 2022: Quotes

  • “Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.” – Frank L. Gaines

  • “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali

  • “A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” – Mary Lou Retton

  • “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

  • “One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.” – Knute Rockne

  • “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer


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