Athletics is an exclusive collection of sporting events that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing and walking. The simplicity of the competitions, and the lack of a need for expensive equipment, makes athletics one of the most commonly competed sports in the world. Athletics is mostly an individual sport.
Organized athletics are traced back to the Ancient Olympic Games from 776 BC.
Most modern top level meetings are conducted by the International Association of Athletics Federations and its member federations. The athletics meeting forms the backbone of the Summer Olympics.