IAAF changes name to World Athletics
The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has officially changed its name to World Athletics. The change comes with the launch of a new website with a new URL.
A proposal to change the name of the IAAF to World Athletics was officially approved by the governing bodies in Doha, in October. The name change, originally proposed by the IAAF Council in June, had been suggested in a bid to make the sport more accessible.
“Welcome to the new World Athletics website, the place to come for all things about our wonderful sport. We will be bringing you new features about athletes and the sport, as well as making it easier to find the things we know you love,” the official website said.
The IAAF was founded in 1912 as the international Amateur Athletic Federation, but later changed its name to the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2001 to reflect the non-amateur status of top competitors.
A new logo, consisting of three main elements, has already been launched to support the name-change. The “W” of World is a symbol of an athlete’s arms raised in victory, while the “A” of Athletics represents an athlete’s focus as they prepare for the road ahead.
Furthermore, the arc over both letters represents the entire athletics community coming together.