|Foundation date||July 17, 1912|
|Vice President||Arne Ljungqvist|
|Members of the Executive Committee||Prince Nawaf Bin Mohammed Al Saud, Bernard Fautrier, Jose Maria Odriozola|
|Members of the Council||Bernard Amsalem, Sergey Bubka, Nawal El Moutawakel, Roberto Gesta de Melo, Yvonne Mullins, Donna Raynor|
|Honorary Members||Ollan Cassel, Lou Dapeng, Amadeo Francis, Giovanna Nebiolo, Maurice Nicholas, Jung Ki Park|
|General secretary||Pierre Weiss|
|Address||6-8, Quai Antoine 1er, BP 359, MC 98007 Monaco Cedex|
International Association of Athletics Federations (“IAAF”) now known as World Athletics is the international governing body that manages all the disciplines of athletics worldwide. It has been headquartered in Monaco since 1993 and has gone through several amendments in its rule and structure since its inception in 1912. It was founded to control and manage over all the athletic aspects around the world, to govern competitive programs, standardize the use of equipment, and maintain all the official world records in athletics.
Today, the official IAAF Competition Programme includes World Championships, World Junior Championships, World Youth Championships, World Indoor Championships, Continental cup, World Cross Country Championships, World Race Walking Cup, World Half Marathon Championships, the international Diamond League and World Challenge series, Combined Events Challenge, Race Walking Challenge, Hammer Throw Challenge, Road Race Labels, and Permit circuits for indoor and cross country competitions.
Originally, it was known as International Amateur Athletic Federation and was founded in 1912 but in 2001, the name changed to International Association of Athletics Federations and again to World Athletics in 2019. The number of affiliated federations increased from seventeen in 1912 to two hundred thirteen in 2008. In 1968, a representative from each area of the world was elected to the IAAF Council and in 1995 two women were elected for the first time. The IAAF Competition Awards were introduced in 1997, which offered prize money to successful athletes for the first time in the history of IAAF competitions.