What is the full form of AAAA ?


The Asian Amateur Athletics Association currently known as the Asian Athletics Association is a body that looks after the athletics sports of the Asian region. This organisation aims to ensure that no country or individual is prevented from competing in international athletic competitions or in Asia due to their social, religious, or political backgrounds and issues. It also tries to maintain friendly and trustworthy cooperation among other national or international governing bodies of athletics. In addition to this, it establishes rules that govern Asian championships and work towards the recognition of Asian records and standpoint.

History of AAAA

The foundation of AAAA is not direct but involves many events. The Inaugural Asian Track and Field Championships which had been pending since 1962 was finally held at the Marikina Stadium outside of Manila in November 1973 after Governor Jose C. Sering, President of the Philippines Track and Field Association (PATAFA), took the initiative. The first Congress of the AAAA was also held in Manila the same year. Governor Jose C. Sering became the first President of the Asian Amateur Athletic Association, and Mr. Maurice R. Nicholas of Singapore served as the first Secretary-General. The Asian AAA Constitution was presented and enacted during the 29th Congress of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, organised in Rome from August 29 to August 31, 1974.

The Asian AAA's inaugural constitution stipulated that presidents may only hold the position until the end of the Championships. Mr. Lee Choo Hoon, who was at the time the President of the Korea Amateur Athletic Federation, was elected as the Association's second President during the second Championship, which was held in Seoul but Mr. Lee Choo Hoon served more than his two-year term limit due to lack of a host for the third championship.

  • In 1979, the Congress held in Tokyo elected Mr. Seiko Yasuda as the third President of AAAA. By this time the rules of tenure changed and allowed the members of the Council to remain in office for four years. Prior to making a request for retirement in 1991, Mr. Seiko Yasuda served three terms over a period of twelve years. Several modifications to Asian AAA were started by Mr. Seiko Yasuda during his period in office.

  • The IAAF regarded the Asian Secretariat as one of the best Secretariats. Japan hosted the fourth Asian Athletics Championships during Mr. Yasuda's administration, while in 1986, Indonesia hosted the inaugural Asian Junior Athletics Championships. The first Asian Marathon Championships were also held in Japan. For all Asian events, Mr. Yasuda organised a Sponsorship program. The initial Asian Track & Field Newsletter was sponsored by Asics Corporation.

  • The Council's term of office was extended for two (2) years until the IAAF hosted its subsequent Elective Congress in 2015 at the 20th Elections Congress and 20th Asian Athletics Championships in Pune, India, in 2013. This temporary modification was made in order to correspond with the IAAF Elective Congress's timetable. From 2015, the Association's Elective Congress will return to occurring every four years.

  • General Dahlan Al-Hamad of Qatar was chosen as the sixth President of the Asian Athletics Association in 2013 during the Elections Congress, which was held in Pune, India. The most heatedly disputed election in AAA history took place at the 2019 Election Congress in Doha, Qatar. The congress gave General Dahlan a clear directive, and he was re-elected as president for a third term. Also, it was the first time in history that the majority of brand-new, young, and energetic Council Members were elected to office. To establish the following milestone in Asian AA history, the President and new Council Members have many more projects in the works.

  • The year 2019 also witnessed the relocation and opening of the Secretariat office in Thailand on July 15. After serving as Asian Athletics Association's first Secretary-General and Treasurer for nearly 46 years, Maurice Nicholas departed from his position. As Secretary-General of AAA, Mr. A Shuggumarran was supported by General Dahlan and the Council.

Council of AAAA

The Council of the AAAA consists of its President who is currently Gen. Dahlan Jumaan AL Hamad (QAT). It also consists of one Senior Vice President Gen. Surapong Ariyamongkol (THA) and five Vice Presidents. The Secretary General of the council is A Shuggumarran (SGP). Lastly, it consists of 11 Council Members and 6 Committees and 11 Commissions.

Member Federations

The countries which are members of the Federation are Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan Brunei, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, DPR, Korea, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal. Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, PR China, Qatar Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.


Asian Athletics Association is a governing body which is in charge of the athletics of Asia. It helps sportspersons from various member nations to take part in different continental championships and competitions around the world.


Q1. In which country was the First Asian Championship supposed to be held?

Ans. The First Asian Championships were set to be held in Delhi in 1970 when Sardar Umrao Singh, the Punjab State Sports Minister accepted the offer to hold it in Delhi. During this period Mr. R.L. Anand was chosen Director of the Organization.

Q2. Name the Committees under the AAA.

Ans. The Committees under the AAAA are the Technical Committee, Cross Country and Road Running Committee, Coaching Committee, Race Walking Committee, Women’s Committee and Medical Committee.

Q3. What do you know about the Asian Athletics Championship?

Ans. This is an event organised by the AAAA since 1990. It is still active and takes place biannually. This event was inaugurated in 1973.

Updated on: 14-Apr-2023


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