Athletic competitions in running, jumping, walking and throwing are amid the oldest of all games and their basis are primitive. Athletics contests were represented in the earliest Egyptian tombs in Saqqara, with illustrations of running at the Heb Sed festival and high jumping come into view in tombs from as early as of 2250 BC. The Tailteann Games were an ancient Celtic festival in Ireland, founded around 1800 BC. The original and only event at the first Olympics in 776 BC was a stadium-length running event known as the stadion. Athletics contests also took place at other Panhellenic Games, which were founded later around 500 BC.
The first modern style indoor athletics conferences were documented soon after in the 1860s, as well as a meet at Ashburnham Hall in London which trait four running contests and a triple jump contest. In 1880, the Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) was recognized in England as the first national organization for the game of athletics and started organizing its own yearly athletics contests the AAA Championships. The United States also started organizing an yearly national competition the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships which was first time held in 1876 by the New York Athletic Club.
The International Association of Athletics Federations which is the sport's governing body, classify athletics in five categories: track and field, race walking, road running, cross country running and mountain running. An athletics competition of men was incorporated in the first contemporary Olympic Games in 1896 and women's events were held in 1928.
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