World Athletics Championships and TDK

Real Contest to Decide the World's Best Athletes

In the World Athletics Championships, the top athletes in the world compete to decide the very best. Compared with other world championships, the history of the World Athletics Championships is relatively short.
Before the World Athletics Championships, the only tournament where top athletes of the world gathered was, needless to say, the Olympic Games. But there were growing calls among athletic circles to establish a tournament that brought together all of the world's top athletes and really did decide the very best in the world. As this tide was gaining momentum, the World Athletics (WA)* held a meeting of its council in Puerto Rico in 1978, at which it was unanimously agreed to establish the World Athletics Championships. It was also decided at that meeting to hold the first championships in Helsinki, Finland, in August 1983.
Initially the championships were held once every four years, in the year before the Olympics. But since the third championships in Tokyo (Japan), the World Athletics Championships has been a biennial event held in the year before and the year after the Olympics.
TDK has cosponsored the event, as a bib sponsor, ever since the first World Athletics Championships in Helsinki in 1983. The World Athletics Championships has been held 17 times thus far, and we are continuing our activities as an official partner until 2029.

the first IAAF World Athletics Championships in Helsinki in 1983
1st World Athletics Championships Helsinki 1983

*Renamed from IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) in Nov. 2019.

History of the World Athletics Championships

Helsinki 1983

Helsinki 1983

  • Countries : 183
  • Participants : 1,335
  • Disciplines : 41 (24 men's, 17women's)
Rome 1987

Rome 1987

  • Countries : 157
  • Participants : 1,741
  • Disciplines : 43 (24 men's, 19 women's)
Tokyo 1991

Tokyo 1991

  • Countries : 164
  • Participants : 1,705
  • Disciplines : 43 (24 men's, 19 women's)
Stuttgart 1993

Stuttgart 1993

  • Countries : 187
  • Participants : 1,884
  • Disciplines : 44 (24 men's, 20 women's)
Gothenburg 1995

Gothenburg 1995

  • Countries : 191
  • Participants : 1,959
  • Disciplines : 44 (24 men's, 20 women's)
Athens 1997

Athens 1997

  • Countries : 198
  • Participants : 1,914
  • Disciplines : 44 (24 men's, 20 women's)
Seville 1999

Seville 1999

  • Countries : 202
  • Participants : 1,854
  • Disciplines : 46 (24 men's, 22 women's)
Edmonton 2001

Edmonton 2001

  • Countries : 189
  • Participants : 2,000
  • Disciplines : 46 (24 men's, 22 women's)
Saint-Denis 2003

Saint-Denis 2003

  • Countries : 198
  • Participants : 1,679
  • Disciplines : 46 (24 men's, 22 women's)
Helsinki 2005

Helsinki 2005

  • Countries : 196
  • Participants : 1891
  • Disciplines : 47 (24 men's, 23 women's)
Osaka 2007

Osaka 2007

  • Countries : 201
  • Participants : 1,930
  • Disciplines : 47 (24 men's, 23 women's)
Berlin 2009

Berlin 2009

  • Countries : 201
  • Participants : 1,984
  • Disciplines : 47 (24 men's, 23 women's)
Daegu 2011

Daegu 2011

  • Countries : 212
  • Participants : 3,500
  • Disciplines : 47 (24 men's, 23 women's)
Moscow 2013

Moscow 2013

  • Countries : 212
  • Participants : 3,200
  • Disciplines : 47 (24 men's, 23 women's)
Beijing 2015

Beijing 2015

  • Countries : 212
  • Participants: 3,200
  • Disciplines : 47 (24 men's, 23 women's)
DOHA 2019

London 2017

  • Countries : 205
  • Participants: 2,038
  • Disciplines : 48 (24 men's, 24 women's)
DOHA 2019

DOHA 2019

  • Countries : 206
  • Participants : 1,772
  • Disciplines: 49 (24 men’s, 24 women’s, 1 mixed)

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