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image by Zoltan Horvath, 5 July, 2010
The new flag of IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations), based
on the flag used during closing ceremony in Doha, Qatar.
Zoltan Horvath, 5 July 2010
IAAF flag, observed this week at
the World Junior Track and Field Championships.
Dave Fowler, 25 July 2014
The protocol manual for the London 2012 Olympics (Flags and Anthems Manual
London 2012 [loc12]) provides recommendations
for flag designs. Each international federation
and international paralympics federation was sent an image of the flag,
including the PMS shades, for their approval by LOCOG. Once this was obtained, LOCOG
produced a 60 x 90 cm version of the flag for further approval. So, while these
specs may not be the official version of each flag, they are certainly what the international
federation and international paralympics federation believed the flag to be.
For IAAF: PMS 116 yellow, 158 orange, 1805 red, 1815 dark red and black. The vertical flag is simply the horizontal version in 5:3.
Ian Sumner, 10 October 2012
image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 14 March, 2010
Click to enlarge
The flag shown here was also depicted and detailed in the "Flag Manual" by the
Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, 2008. It is
depicted 2 x 3 (horizontal) and 3 x 2 (vertical).
Colors (PMS): Blue 293; Reflex Blue
Remarks: The flag was used from 2005 to 2009, a new emblem was introduced in September of 2009.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 14 March, 2010
image by Luis Miguel Arias Pérez, as appeared in Gaceta de Banderas, May 2004.
Redrawn by: Santiago Dotor, May 13, 2004.
This is the flag of the International
Association of Athletics Federations as it appeared in Gaceta de Banderas,
May 2004 issue, drawn by Luis Miguel Arias Pérez and exported to a
FOTW GIF by myself.
Santiago Dotor, May 13, 2004.
The official name of the event which took place in Stade de France from 23 to 31 August 2003 is: IAAF World Championships in Athletics Paris 2003 Saint-Denis.
Paris is the city welcoming the event, but the Stade de France was built in the neighbouring municipality of Saint-Denis, a few kilometers north of Paris, near the basilica where most kings of France were buried. To associate both cities into the event, the marathon races started in front of the city hall of Paris, crossed Paris and finished in the Stade de France. Usually, the marathons in international championships start and finish in the stadium.
Inside the stadium, there were three poles with the flags of the International Olympic Committee, France, and most probably IAAF. On most days, there was so little wind that these three flags were to large to fly properly.
The flags of the participating nations were hoisted vertically from the roof all around the stadium, both outside and inside. The flags were arranged the same way the nations entered the stadium during the opening ceremony, i.e. according to the French alphabetical order of names, with some oddities [already pointed out by Olivier].
There were three main mistakes in hoisting, two of them being the same during the opening ceremony:
There were 210 participating nations, the only missing member of the IAAF being Iraq. Therefore, there should have been 210 flags hung but only 209 seem to have been used. French Polynesia marched under the French tricolor flag and not the territory flag. That flag could have been hung between Poland [Pologne] and Puerto Rico [Porto Rico] but it was not there [yesterday, I sat 'just' below Puerto Rico and Portugal, so that I could not have missed the Polynesian flag]. The French tricolor flag was not hung probably to avoid a duplication of the national flag. Note that the Polynesian flag was hung in Athens, four years ago, and maybe in Edmonton, two years ago.
Making a lap of honour with the national flag after a victory (and also after a second or third place, in certain cases) seems to be now an established practice. It would be interesting to know when and where it started.
The medal ceremony involved as usual rising the colours of the three medalists. The flags were risen "by hand" by 80 students of the "Ecole Interamree des Sports", who performed a remarkable job. First, the three flags were attached to the ropes and placed at the same horizontal level. This was prepared in advance, long before the official announcement of the ceremony, for the pleasure of vexillologists who could guess what would happened before the lesser mortals. This also allowed correction, as it happened yesterday. I was really worried because of a possible diplomatic incident because the Russian and Turkish flag were inverted before the ceremony of the women's 1,500 m. Fortunately, the mistake was noticed and the flags were quickly swapped short before the ceremony.
The rising was rather unusual because the silver and bronze medalist's flags were not risen at the same horizontal level, as it is most often the case. Similarly, the star podium had unequal steps for the second and third. This seems to be logical since there is a difference between the second and the third place.
On TV images, the flags hung vertically between the camera (the white
globe sliding over the stadium on a cable, which could be seen only by
the stadium spectators) received unexpected attention because they were
"collaterally" seen during each ceremony. Those happy flags were
Netherlands Antilles (Antilles Neerlandaises),
Saudi Arabia (Arabie Seoudite),
Armenia [Armenie] and
Ivan Sache, August 2003.
Allow me to tell you that the in formation Mr. Sache provides on Paris 2003 Championships is very interesting. But let me remark some small details:
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, August 2003.
The IAAF's World Junior Track & Field Championships was held in Eugene,
Oregon from July 22-27, 2014. This was my first major international sporting
event. Athletes from 169 IAAF member states were listed as participating. There
was a large flag display with the participating states' flags on one side of the
field (less the United States). The US and IAAF flags were on the other side of
As has been detailed on the FOTW Facebook site there were a number of hoisting errors (Egypt & Cuba upside down, an erroneous Dominica flag). I also went and cataloged the display, and found a few missing flags, as well as flags of IAAF nations not participating. Additionally, there was some alphabetization mistakes, and creative ordering of some nations (Commonwealth of Dominica was under 'C'.)
Interestingly, in some earlier newspaper photos, there were apparently some practice runs on the flags, showing some flags that were not in the final display (Bosnia, Burundi, Cameroon, Haiti, Honduras, Lebanon). There were also several unofficial flag displays around the University of Oregon campus that featured non-participating nation flags (Palau, Tajikistan, Tuvalu) and non-sanctioned flags (Taiwan).
212 IAAF nations, plus two associate members
169 were participating in the event
164 had their flags displayed
5 participating nations did not have their flags displayed
3 non-participating nations did have their flags displayed
40 IAAF nations, plus two associate members both did not participate and did not have their flags displayed.
Flags hoisted (in order on the field):
Antigua & Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Commonwealth of Dominica
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Islamic Republic of Iran
Papua New Guinea
People's Republic of China
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
Virgin Islands (US)
Flags hoisted (But no athletes participating):
Flags NOT hoisted (But athletes WERE participating):
IAAF members not participating, no flags hoisted:
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Northern Mariana Islands
Sao Tome & Principe
Dave Fowler, 31 July 2014