World Athletics Day 2020 Wishes,Theme, Quotes, History, Celebrated, Date, Wiki

By | May 6, 2020

World Athletics Day 2020 Theme, Quotes, History, Wishes, Celebrated, Date, Wiki

“May 7th 2020”

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will this year participate in World Athletics Day.

The World Athletics Day (WAD) is conducted every year on May 5 to popularize sports among the youth, to promote athletics as the primary sport in schools and institutions and to encourage and introduce new talent and youngsters in the field of athletics.

World Athletics Day 2020

IAAF World Athletics Day reached all continents around the world with more than 100 member federations taking part.

This event was introduced five years ago by the then-President Primo Nebiolo, with the aim of increasing public awareness of the need to educate youngsters in the practice of athletics. On that first occasion in 1996, World Athletics Day was themed around the Centennial edition of the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

From the winners of the event, the names of two boys and girls were drawn from each of the IAAF Continental Areas (Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America, North-Central America and the Caribbean) and they were invited by the International Federation to attend the Atlanta Olympics.


The formula was repeated in successive years, with the lucky winners of the IAAF World Athletics Day receiving invitations to attend the IAAF World Championships in Athens (1997) and Seville (1999) and the World Cup in Athletics (Johannesburg 1998).

This year, the World Athletics Day will be held for the majority of the federations on the 5th May and for the remainder on 12 May. The programme will include the following events:

  •  1 sprint event
  • 1 middle distance event (preferably the 1500 metres)
  • 1 hurdles race
  • 1 jumping competition
  • 1 throwing event
  • 1 walking race

There will be a draw in Edmonton on 24-25 May, during the visit of IAAF President Lamine Diack to the city that will play host the world’s greatest sporting event of 2001, to determine the winners of an invitation to attend the 8th IAAF World Championships.

This year, twelve names will be drawn and those lucky enough to be picked will join 12 winners from last year, who, for logistical reasons, could not be invited to attend the Olympic Games in Sydney.

St Lucia, Pakistan, Monaco, Australia, Kenya, Hong Kong, Bermuda and Italy are just some of the 117 nations that held activities and competitions for young athletes between the ages of 13 and 17.

Now in its 21st year, the annual worldwide athletics festival offers the opportunity to promote the sport through youth participation in clubs and schools.

This year’s celebrations are preferably being held on the weekend of 14-15 May, although some countries have marked the occasion sooner.


When it began in 1996, World Athletics Day was initially aimed exclusively at children who were members of clubs affiliated to IAAF member federations. In recent years, the scope of the project has broadened to include the participation of school children in team competitions and has now become an important tool to promote the sport around the world.

World Athletics Day is part of the IAAF’s social responsibility project Athletics for a Better World, harnessing the extraordinary commitment and energy of the worldwide athletics family to inspire lasting development.

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