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    8 May 2003

    Monte Carlo – One of the busiest weekends in the annual Athletics calendar takes place this coming weekend 10 – 11 May, when 151 of the IAAF’s Member Federations will take part in the 2003 IAAF World Athletics Day.

    This annual promotion of Athletics for Youth, which was inaugurated in 1996 is more popular than ever, with a sizeable increase in the number of Federations organising national youth competitions, from the 142 participating nations in 2002.

    Once all the results from this weekend’s youth competitions are received from each Federation, twelve lucky youngsters – born in the years 1986, 1987 and 1988 – consisting of one boy and one girl from each of the six Areas – Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, North America, South America - will be selected at the official World Athletics Day draw (date tbc), and will be invited to attend the 3rd IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics in Sherbrooke, Canada, which take place 9 – 13 July 2003.

    Yet it is not just the twelve selected athletes who gain from the experience, as thousands of gifts such as T-Shirts, posters and pins are distributed to each competing Member Federation, with an IAAF World Athletics Day Diploma presented to all participants, helping to encourage enthusiasm for Athletics, the world’s most international sport.

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