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  • #61
    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    Problem is that in most countries in the world, the sport that we call Track & Field is known as Athletics.
    Exactly...especially Britain....the only place Track and Field is used is the US...

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    • #62
      Sport is the general term in Europe....
      Athletics is always track...

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      • #63
        Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
        Exactly...especially Britain....the only place Track and Field is used is the US...
        Well, that's interesting, cuz I'm looking at Alfonz Juck's (Czech) site, euromeetings.org

        http://www.euromeetings.org/meetings.asp

        and up the right corner, I see 'Track and Field'. I have difficulty believing that's there just for our 'American friends'.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by Atticus View Post
          Well, that's interesting, cuz I'm looking at Alfonz Juck's (Czech) site, euromeetings.org

          http://www.euromeetings.org/meetings.asp

          and up the right corner, I see 'Track and Field'. I have difficulty believing that's there just for our 'American friends'.
          Maybe the coding for the banner page is tied to the country of access and/or language. Anyone outside the US see anything different in terms of language or the banner page?

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          • #65
            Originally posted by Atticus View Post
            Yes, but they ALL know what T&F is, whereas in many countries athletics just means sports, so why not go with the least confusing name?
            somehow I think your average French person would scratch head if sport suddenly became piste et pelouse (does have a nice ring to it though)

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            • #66
              Originally posted by gh View Post
              yeah, think Leichtathletik, Athl├ętisme, Atletica Legerra, Atletismo, Legkaya Atletika, etc., all of which mean track & field, not athletics.
              I think Leichtathletik actually means "light athletics." Back in early 20th century, weightlifting and wrestling were part of athletics but were called Schwerathletik (or something like that), for "heavy athletics."

              Also the WTF acronym was the acronym for the World Taekwondo Federation until they found out what the acronym stood for. They are now simply World Taekwondo (WT).

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              • #67
                Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
                Also the WTF acronym was the acronym for the World Taekwondo Federation until they found out what the acronym stood for. They are now simply World Taekwondo (WT).
                Come to think of it, the IAAF should become the WTF - everyone would remember it and the media would love it!

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                • #68
                  On the acronym/initialism distinction brought up earlier in the thread, I recommend wikipedia's discussion.

                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acronym

                  A google search for "acronym" yields 114 million results; for "initialism", 1 million.

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                  • #69
                    There should be three letters.

                    WAA for World Athletics Association would work.

                    Or they could try The Athletics Congress (TAC) :-)

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                    • #70
                      And the President of the Organization could be the Supreme Head of International Track.

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                      • #71
                        Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post
                        WAA for World Athletics Association would work.
                        Sounds like a whine.
                        https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=waa

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                        • #72
                          my column on the topic from the June issue

                          https://trackandfieldnews.com/articl...f-hello-to-wa/

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