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17 Jul 2012

Happy birthday athletics!

The IAAF celebrates its first 100th anniversary

We are only ten days away from the start of the 2012 London Olympic Games and the world's sporting community is celebrating a truly special anniversary: the first 100 years of the International Association of Athletics Federations. The IAAF was indeed founded on July 17, 1912, only two days after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games, which were hosted by the Swedish capital that year. To celebrate this memorable event with a touch of creativity, the IAAF Centenary Working Group was set up by the President Lamine Diack, giving rise to a few initiatives, including the creation of a location dedicated especially to the 100th anniversary. On the weekend of November 24-25, 2012, Barcelona will be hosting a special edition of the annual International Athletics Foundation Gala, usually held in the Principality of Monaco. The show and dinner party will top off a week packed full of events held in the Catalan city, including the track and field demonstration events and the presentation of the 2012 Athletes of the Year Awards. As yet another way of celebrating the IAAF's 100th anniversary, a Hall of Fame was created alongside the commissioning of a book on the political and administrative history of the Association, as well as the major events and milestones of the international competitions as from 1912. In addition, a commemoration medal and diploma were designed and will be sent to all IAAF member federations, thus giving each individual federation a chance to select and award those who left an indelible mark in the history of sport.