Beijing, China: To mark the centenary of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Beijing organised a special event for young people on Sunday, May 13. One hundred 12-year-old boys and girls, split into 50 mixed teams of two runners, took part in a 100m relay race on a 50m track specially laid in the Central Piazza of the Olympic Park, in the shadow of the famous Bird’s Nest Stadium.
The relay was organised jointly by the IAAF, Chinese Athletics Association, Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports and Beijing Sports Competitions Administration Centre. Beijing will host the 15th edition of the IAAF World Championships in 2015.
“100 children, 100 metres, 100 years is an appropriately symbolic way to celebrate the IAAF Centenary," said IAAF President Lamine Diack. "The IAAF was born in 1912 and the strength of our sport today, as it was 100 years ago, is its appeal to the youth of the world.
Fresh, lively activities for the young are the key to keeping Athletics connected with the next generation.” The IAAF is celebrating “100 years of athletics excellence” on July 17, 2012.