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Athletics Federation of India


In a first, the Athletics Federation of India has disaffiliated 16 district associations across the country for failing to send teams for the National inter-district junior athletics meet held recently.


Facts for Prelims

Athletics Federation of India (AFI)


  • AFI is the premier governing body responsible for managing athletics in India.
  • It operates as an autonomous, non-governmental, and non-profit organization.


  • AFI is a member of World Athletics, the Asian Athletics Association (AAA), and the Indian Olympic Association.

History and Structure

  • Established in 1946, AFI was formerly known as the Amateur Athletic Federation of India (AAFI).
  • It encompasses 32 affiliated state and institutional units.

Key Responsibilities

  • Organizes National Championships.
  • Trains national athletics campers.
  • Selects Indian athletics teams for international events, including the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games (CWG), World Championships, Asian Championships, and other international competitions.
  • Conducts National Championships across various age groups.

Promotion and Development Initiatives

  • Hosts international and national championships and meets to boost the sport’s popularity, engage the public, and make athletics more commercially viable to foster the growth of athletes and the sport.
  • Supervises and supports its state units in their operations.
  • Plans and establishes special coaching camps and training for coaches.
  • Initiates development programs and grassroots promotions to enhance athletics at the foundational level in India.

-Source: The Hindu

May 2024