Being healthy must be a part of our overall lifestyle. Living a healthy lifestyle not only prevents chronic diseases but also reduces the risk of long-term illness. It helps us to feel good about ourselves and improve our self-image and self-esteem. Additionally, good health is also central to human happiness. There is a saying that a healthy body has a healthy mind. To keep our body healthy, only eating healthy is not enough. Our body needs some more healthy habits like exercising and hygiene.
To enhance healthy habits in ourselves, we must participate in various sports activities throughout the year. Athletics is one of those healthy habits that profoundly impact individuals, schools, and communities. Athletics creates a bridge among people who otherwise might not interact together. That is why many schools are paying attention to athletics to build healthy communities and nations. Every year on May 7th, we celebrate World Athletics Day worldwide.
The History of World Athletics Day
International Association of Athletics Federation was founded in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 17th, 1912. This is the world governing body for the sport of field athletics and track. Previously IAAF was International Amateur Athletic Federation.
In 1996 The president of IAAF Primo Nebiolo started the celebration of World Athletics Day, and the authority also selected the date. The primary objective of World Athletics Day is to boost the participation of youths in athletics.
IAAF is present in more than 160 countries. It keeps on constructing friendly cooperation among all the members while participating in international meets based on religious, political, and racial grounds and combines regulations to govern the competition.
The first-ever World Athletics Day theme was around the Centennial Addition of the Olympic Games in Atlanta. From each of the continental areas, two boys and girls were selected and invited by the International Federation to attend the Atlanta Olympics. Ever since the practice is being followed successively.
The Origin and Early Development of Athletics
Previously athletics was not an organized sport. In the Egyptian and Asian civilizations, we can find the mention of athletics. In 1899 Ireland was the venue for Telltin games of the Lugasad festival. This festival involved a variety of track and field activities. But you must know that the ancient Olympics were strictly for men to participate and to watch. From history, you can also find that the Greek women made their own Hera games …