Athletics is one of the world’s most ancient sports which has continued to adapt through the centuries, offering a dynamic, life-enhancing sport. Athletics disciplines are among the oldest of all sporting competitions known to mankind, with ‘walk, run, jump, throw’ the natural and universal forms of human physical expression.

With more than 3,4 million athletes and as the #1 Olympic sport, World Athletics is the international governing body for the sport of athletics. It is comprised of 214 member federations from six areas: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean, Oceania and South America.

The vision of World Athletics is to use the power and accessibility of athletics and athletes to create a healthier and fitter world. The mission of World Athletics is to grow the sport of athletics and make it relevant in people’s lives and in the lives of their communities.

The World Athletics Series (WAS) is made up of seven of the most visible global athletics events which are designed to bring unique experiences to life and to host the world’s best athletes and inspire international audiences.

The biennial World Athletics Championships is the jewel of our World Athletics Series of events which also includes indoor, U20, relays, cross country, race walking and road running during a four-year cycle of World Championships and/or Cup events for each of these types of competition.

The marketing potential of each edition of the World Athletics Championships is excellent with only the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup bigger in terms of global reach and impact. The next World Athletics Championships will be hosted in Eugene, USA (2022) and Budapest, Hungary (2023).


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