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The History of the FMA

In 1937, the clubs Américo, Atlético Mineiro, Cruzeiro, Minas Tênis Clube, Pavssandu and Clube Ginástico de Juiz de Fora founded the Minas Gerais Athletics Federation (FMA) with its headquarters in the city of Belo Horizonte. A sports association with the aim of representing amateur athletics in the state.

As it is non-profit, the association faced (and still faces) many financial problems, counting on the important support of city halls and associated clubs.

Over the years, the federation continued to regulate athletics-related events within Minas Gerais. And following the parameters and goals of the Brazilian Athletics Confederation, the institution has reached full maturity.

After overcoming all this, the FMA continues its activities and is proud to see its athletes growing and participating in national championships and abroad.

Formation of the Board

Understand how Minas Gerais athletics representatives are organized

Following the Olympic cycle, every four years, representatives of the Minas Gerais athletics federation are chosen through an election, in the presence of their affiliates, who are formed by city halls, NGOs, foundations, or anyone who attended two or more events promoted by the entity in the previous year.

In this process, which takes place at the headquarters in Belo Horizonte, interested clubs nominate a president, a vice-president and the supervisory board, who will represent the Minas Gerais entity over these four years.

In 2009, the new president Nilson Moura and his vice-president Oldeni José dos Santos, will be supported during these four years by the financial director Ricardo Sousa Siviero and a fiscal council formed by Prof. Hélvio Vieira Maia (Passos de Minas), Dr. Olegário Silva Araújo (Ipatinga), Celso Clemente (João Monlevade) and Paulo Aparecido Borges (Passos de Minas), Janderson Melo (Uberlândia) as their replacements.

This council has existed for almost 72 years and is responsible for organizing, authorizing events related to athletics and managing the entity's expenses, as well as its other responsibilities.


A little history

See a summary of the events that led to the formation of athletics

In ancient Greece, athletics was the only competition to be held in the first Olympic Games that took place in Athens in 776 BC. The athletic event was known as the "stade", a race that covered the length of the Athenian Olympic Stadium.

The Olympic Games continued to take place in Athens every four years, with all wars suspended during the period of the games. Over time, various events were added to the old games, such as racing, discus throwing, javelin, jumping, and fighting. The Roman games were also incorporated into a form of athletics, although the events favored by the Romans were chariot racing, wrestling and most significantly: fighting gladiators.

Athletics became more diverse during the Middle Ages, when the sons of nobles were trained to run, jump and fight, often promoting competitions between rival nobles. In the 19th century, the modern events that are familiar with today's athletics began to emerge, as part of an official physical education program in schools.

Schools began to organize competitions, the first of which took place at Exeter College, Oxford, in 1850. The first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 and athletics was the key element of the game, with the competition being divided into track and field events . In 1928 further progressions were made when women were allowed to participate in athletics competitions.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was created in 1912, and developed a series of international standards, as well as the rules, competitions and regulations since then. Today, there are countless modalities that combine to form athletics. In competition, most of these events are held on a 400m track.