World Athletics Day (2019): History and Purposes
There is a proverb that “Healthy body has healthy Mind.” In order to enhance the sports activities throughout the world; there are various sports events organised in the world throughout the year.
In the same way; The World Athletics Day is organized by the IAAF (International Amateur Athletic Federation). World Athletics Day was celebrated for the first time in 1996.
In the year 2019; the World Athletics Day is celebrated on 7 May. On which day the Athletics Day will be observed is decided by the IAAF. In the year 2006 the participants of this day were between the age of 7 to 15 years but later on this age gap made to 13 to 17 years.
More than 100 sports federations of the world took part in the 2016 IAAF World Athletics Day. All the events and expenses occurred during this day are sponsored by the IAAF.
About the IAAF;
The International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) was founded on the 17 July 1912 in Stockholm (Sweden). The IAAF is the world governing body for the sport of field athletics and track.
Every event has a specific purpose so is the case with the World Athletics Day.
World Athletics Day Purposes;
1. Popularize sports among the youth.
2. Promote Athletics as the primary sport in schools and institutions.
3. To increase public awareness about the sports and to educate youngsters about the importance of the sports.
4. To firmly establish an important link between the youth, our sport, and environmental conservation.
Which sports are organised on this day;
The sport of athletics is an exclusive collection of sporting events that involve competitive events like walking, running, throwing and jumping etc.
The most common types of athletics competitions are track and field, road running, race walking and cross country running.
Athletics in India;
The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) is the apex body for running and managing athletics in India and affiliated to the IAAF and Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
The AFI has 32 affiliated state units and institutional units.
The AFI was formed in the 1946 and the federation organises the National Championships and arranges training for the Indian Athletics.
So the basic purpose of the World Athletics Day is to promote the culture of the sports among the students since their childhood so that they can give good results in the big events like Olympic Games, Commonwealth games and Asian games etc.