World Athletics Day is celebrated every year to spread awareness among the youth and children regarding the importance of sports and fitness. The day is a part of a project named ‘Athletics for a Greater World’ which was initiated by World Athletics, formerly known as International Amateur Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Back in 1996, then-IAAF President Primo Nebiolo established World Athletics Day. The day aims to provide opportunities to students of schools, colleges, and other organisations regarding sports. Seeing that, the IAAF started arranging different sports events in order to promote the importance of physical activity.
Athletics is an exclusive category of competitive sports consisting of running, jumping, throwing and walking. By entering the world of Athletics, youngsters develop certain qualities like teamwork, leadership, self-confidence, and self-discipline.
The main aim behind celebrating the day is to make sports an integral part of society and keep everyone healthy and fit. World Athletics organises various sporting events and competitions for people of every age group across the world.