New Delhi, May 6: Every year World Athletics Day is observed on May 7 with an aim to popularize athletics among the youths as a way to stay healthy and fit. One of the main highlights of the event is to make people aware of the various issues concerning health and promote physical fitness.
Several athletics competitions including track and field, road running, race walking and cross country running, etc are held in various countries to attract global attention.
World Athletics Day was introduced by International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) in 1996. Since then it has gone from strength to strength in promoting athletics among youngsters. World Athletics Day is one of the key social responsibility projects of the IAAF titled ‘Athletics for a Better World’.
Initially, the IAAF only encouraged the participation of children who were members of clubs affiliated to the apex athletic body. But later understanding the need to broaden the scope of the project; the participation of school children in team competitions was included. The IAAF has been very instrumental in making the World Athletics Day popular in the schools. The promotion of athletics in schools remains close to the IAAF initiative as it is the ideal place to promote the virtues of physical activity in general and of athletics in particular.
The Main Scope of World Athletic Day is Listed Below
· Increase public awareness about sports and to educate youngsters about the importance of sports.
· Promote Athletics as the primary sport in schools and institutions.
· Popularize sports among the youth.
· Establish a link between youth, sport, and environmental conservation.
· To gradually establish athletics as the number one participation sport in schools all over the world
The IAAF initiative to celebrate World Athletics Day is becoming very popular as more than a hundred countries take part in this event now. The IAAF has been promoting the cause of including athletics as a central role in schools’ sports programs and new competition structures.
(This article has been sourced from Prasar Bharati News Services as part of Coronavirus coverage)