This annual promotion of Athletics for Youth, which was inaugurated in 1996 remains as popular as ever, with 155 of the 212 IAAF Member Federations requesting to participate in 2007.
For the second year in accordance with the goal of the IAAF Athletics’ World Plan to make Athletics the number one sport in schools, the IAAF World Athletics Day is being organised in close cooperation with the relevant national ministry which is in charge of School Sport in each country. The result of this initiative has again been startlingly successful, with 145 of those IAAF Member Federations signing up for the general World Athletics Day also committing themselves to the School element of the project.
This year’s competition at the World Athletics Day will comprise events for boys and girls born in 1990 and 1991, whereas the one for School Children will be for all pupils belonging to the category “Minimes” (born in 1992 and 1993).
As in the past, there will be a draw for the Youth Age Group, which will be extended to the “Minimes” School Children. The ‘lucky winners’ will be invited to the 11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Osaka, Japan (25 August-2 September 2007), with their travel and full board accommodation costs covered by the IAAF.
Yet it is not just these selected athletes who gain from the experience, as thousands of gifts such as T-Shirts, posters and pins are distributed to each competing Member Federation, with an IAAF World Athletics Day Diploma presented to all participants, helping to encourage enthusiasm for Athletics, the world’s most international sport.IAAF
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By Ian Chadband
By Alex Sharp