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1912-07-17 Stockholm Sweden


Founded at congress following the Olympic Games. Constitution accepted at 2nd Congress, 1913, Berlin (Germany). First Technical Rules for international competitions presented at 3rd Congress, 1914, Lyon (France). Headquarters moved from Stockholm to London (UK), 1946; moved to Monaco, 1993. Constitution amended 1968, to provide for setting up Continental Area Associations. Most recent amendments to Constitution: Rome (Italy); 1982, Athens (Greece); 1984, Los Angeles CA (USA); 1986, Stuttgart (Germany FR); 1987, Rome; 1989 Barcelona (Spain); 1991, Tokyo (Japan); 1993, Stuttgart (Germany); 1995, Gothenburg (Sweden); 1997, Athens; 1999, Seville (Spain); 2001, Edmonton (Canada); 2003, Paris (France); 2005, Helsinki (Finland); 2007, Osaka (Japan); 2009, Berlin (Germany); 2011 Daegu (Korea Rep).


Further enhance athletics to offer new and exciting prospects for athletes and spectators alike; ensure that every area of athletics is reviewed, tested and encouraged to strive for excellence.


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