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IAAF - International Association of Athletics Federations

IAAF old IAAF new Naturally, spontaneous contests in running, jumping or throwing were already made in prehistoric times. Also in the ancient Olympic Games these competitions were held.
It is known that timekeeping were used in sports for the first time in 1731. This brought a new quality in the sports. The performances became comparable and abstract, resulting in the pursuit of bettering of them. The recording of these performances began.
But only at a meeting during the Olympic Games in Stockholm on 17.07.1912, the establishment of an international athletics association was decided. Officially, however, the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) was founded by representatives of 17 national associations on 21.08.1913 in Berlin.
On 01.08.2001 in Edmonton, the IAAF congress decided the renaming in International Association of Athletics Federations.
2018 the IAAF has 214 national member federations in all continents.

Presidents

17.07.1912 - 26.08.1946 Johannes Sigfrid Edström SWE
26.08.1946 - 22.07.1976 David Cecil, Marquess of Exeter GBR
Until 1956 Lord Burghley
22.07.1976 - 02.09.1981 Adriaan Paulen NED
02.09.1981 - 08.11.1999 🕆 Primo Nebiolo ITA
08.11.1999 - 01.08.2001 Lamine Diack SEN, acting
01.08.2001 - 19.08.2015 Lamine Diack SEN
19.08.2015 - Sebastian Coe GBR


Secretaries General

17.07.1912 - 11.06.1914 Kristian Hellström SWE
11.06.1914 - 21.05.1930 Hilding Kjellman SWE
21.05.1930 - 26.08.1946 Bo David Ekelund SWE
26.08.1946 - 31.12.1952 Ernest John H. Holt GBR
01.01.1953 - 01.09.1970 Donald T. Pain GBR
01.09.1970 - 22.07.1976 Frederick W. Holder GBR
22.07.1976 - 31.12.1991 John Byron Holt GBR
01.01.1992 - 12.03.2006 🕆 István Gyulai HUN
12.-28.03.2006 ---
28.03.2006 - 22.08.2007 Pierre Weiss FRA, acting
22.08.2007 - 23.08.2011 Pierre Weiss FRA
23.08.2011 - 31.10.2015 Essar Gabriel FRA
31.10.2015 - 19.01.2016 ---
19.01. - 30.09.2016 Jean Gracia FRA, acting
01.10.2016 - Olivier Gers FRA


IAAF World Athletes of the Year

Men Women
1988 LEWIS Carl USA GRIFFITH-JOYNER Florence USA
1989 KINGDOM Roger USA QUIROT Ana Fidelia CUB
1990 BACKLEY Steve GBR OTTEY Merlene JAM
1991 LEWIS Carl USA KRABBE Katrin GER
1992 YOUNG Kevin USA HENKEL Heike GER
1993 JACKSON Colin GBR GUNNELL Sally GBR
1994 MORCELI Noureddine ALG JOYNER-KERSEE Jackie USA
1995 EDWARDS Jonathan GBR TORRENCE Gwen USA
1996 JOHNSON Michael USA MASTERKOVA Svetlana RUS
1997 KIPKETER Wilson DEN JONES Marion USA
1998 GEBRSELASSIE Haile ETH JONES Marion USA
1999 JOHNSON Michael USA SZABO Gabriela ROU
2000 ŽELEZNÝ Jan CZE annulled
2001 el GUERROUJ Hicham MAR DRAGILA Stacy USA
2002 el GUERROUJ Hicham MAR RADCLIFFE Paula GBR
2003 el GUERROUJ Hicham MAR CLOETE Hestrie RSA
2004 BEKELE Kenenisa ETH ISINBAYEVA Yelena RUS
2005 BEKELE Kenenisa ETH ISINBAYEVA Yelena RUS
2006 POWELL Asafa JAM RICHARDS Sanya USA
2007 GAY Tyson USA DEFAR Meseret ETH
2008 BOLT Usain JAM ISINBAYEVA Yelena RUS
2009 BOLT Usain JAM RICHARDS Sanya USA
2010 RUDISHA David Lekuta KEN VLAŠIĆ Blanka CRO
2011 BOLT Usain JAM PEARSON Sally AUS
2012 BOLT Usain JAM FELIX Allyson USA
2013 BOLT Usain JAM FRASER-PRYCE Shelly-Ann JAM
2014 LAVILLENIE Renaud FRA ADAMS Valerie NZL
2015 EATON Ashton USA DIBABA Genzebe ETH
2016 BOLT Usain JAM AYANA Almaz ETH
2017 BARSHIM Mutaz Essa BRN THIAM Nafissatou BEL
2018 KIPCHOGE Eliud KEN IBARGÜEN Caterine COL

2000: The award to JONES Marion USA was later annulled.



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