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IAAF will change its name at the end of the Doha World Cup

The Congress of the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) approved the name change this Thursday: once the Doha World Cups are over, on October 6, it will be renamed World Athletics (World Athletics).

The IAAF President, the British Sebastian Coe, had to try to convince some delegates, who did not support the change, to understand, in some cases, that it meant a loss of identity, and in others, especially French-speaking, that it was not well suited to their respective languages.

Coe explained that the name change was necessary to make athletics more attractive to young people. "Since it reaches my memory, and especially since I joined the IAAF Board of Directors in 2003, whenever they asked me in which organization I worked, it took me three or four minutes to explain what the current initials mean," he commented before the delegates.

"We have listened to televisions, fans, athletes and we believe that this change will help us connect more with young people," said the president.

The IAAF was founded in 1912 with the name of the International Amateur Athletics Federation and in 2001 it modified its name, keeping the same initials, to be called the International Association of Athletics Federations, deleting the term "amateur" in the face of evidence that all athletes they charged for their work. EFE

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