New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Every year on May 7, World Athletics Day is celebrated. This day is observed globally to spread awareness among children and youths regarding the importance of fitness. Also, to boost their participation in the field of sports. In 1996 this day was introduced by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) as a social responsibility project 'Athletic for a better World'. Every year IAAF organises various events and competitions in schools and colleges, but this year, World Athletics Day will be different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the day is here, have a look at the history, significance and theme of this special day.

World Athletics Day 2021 History

This day was introduced by the then President of IAAF Primo Nebiolo in the year 1996. IAAF, an international governing body for the field of athletics and sports, organises and sponsors World Athletics Day. Earlier, this day was observed by organising sports competitions at schools and colleges, but owing to the COVID-19 pandemic nothing of as such can be held.

World Athletics Day 2021 Significance

This day hold great significance as it encourages youths to be fit and healthy. This day also promotes the participation of children and youths in various sports. As the year passed by, the project 'Athletic for a better World' expanded, and IAAF started organising events and competitions in schools to promote the benefits of physical activity among children. Schools stand as an ideal place to promote the importance of sports and their benefits. Also, it will help in popularising the sports among the youths and children.

World Athletics Day 2021 Theme

This year there is no specific theme, however, amid such challenging times, people who are stuck at home can take a pledge to start exercising regularly at home. This will not just keep them active but also will improve health and keep them healthy.

Posted By: Niharika Sanjeeiv