It wa. It was founded on 17 July as the International Amateur Athletic Federation by representatives from 17 national athletics federations at the organization's first congress in Stockholm, Sweden. Since October , it has been headquartered in Monaco. Beginning in , the IAAF passed several amendments to its rules to allow athletes to receive compensation for participating in international competitions. However, the organization retained the word amateur in its name until its congress, at which it changed its name to the International Association of Athletics Federations. He was elected at the congress before the World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China.
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But then they changed the finishing time becomes 2hrs 25mins in just 1 week before the race! Also there are so-called cut off points which are far faster than to finish in 2hr 25mins not even comparing with 3hrs! The 1st cut off point is 13KM which have to pass through within 75mins?? Abolutely ridiculous the rule that does not give even one chance to a person who does a false start.
The origins of the European Athletics Championships can be traced back to a meeting on 3 November of the newly-formed European Commission of the world governing body, what was then called the International Amateur Athletic Federation. At that meeting, it was decided — with the Hungarian sports administrator Szilard Stankovits the main advocate — that a continental championship should be held. The first European Athletics Championships was held in the Italian city of Turin across just three days, from September Notable absentees among the nations included Great Britain and the Soviet Union. It is evidence of just how much the competition has grown in the subsequent 84 years, both in importance and sheer numbers, that the Berlin European Athletics Championships, the 24th edition of the championships, saw athletes from 50 nations compete across seven days and there was complete equality among the genders for the first time with 24 events each.