About the Athletics World Championships
The Athletics World Championships is organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). IAAF was founded on July 17 1912 in Stockholm, shortly after the closing ceremony of the Stockholm Olympic Games. Since its founding the IAAF has been the governing body world wide for the sport of athletics. The number of countries and territories affiliated to the IAAF has grown from 17 founding members in 1912 to more than 200 until now.
The Olympics as World Championships
The second IAAF Congress was held in 1913 in Berlin. Here it was stated, that the competitions of the Olympic Games should be regarded as Championships of the World. For many years the winners of the disciplines in the Olympic Games were then recognized as the World Champions in athletics, but in 1976 the IAAF decided to arrange the first official World Championship competitions separated from the Olympic Games.
Results and other information about athletics in the Olympic Games are not included in this app.
The Modern World Championships
Two special World Championship events have been held before the first official edition of the World Championships in 1983. In 1976 the World Championships had only one event – men's 50 km walk race which was dropped from the programme for the 1976 Summer Olympics despite the constant presence of the event at the Olympic Games since 1932, and the IAAF decided to set up their own competition instead. In 1980 the IAAF arranged a World Championship with two newly approved events - women’s 3000 m race and women’s 400 m hurdles. The two events were not accepted on the programme for the 1980 Summer Olympics.
Results and other information about the three events arranged in 1976 and 1980 are not included in this app.
The latest World Championships in athletics were held in London, Great Britain, in 2017, and Doha, Qatar, will host the 2019 edition in September. In 2021 the Championships will be held in Eugene, United States, and in 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.