The Chinese Athletic Association (CAA) is a national social organization for athletics with independent corporate capacity, a corporate member of the All-China Sports Federation (ACSF) as well as a national sport association administering athletics recognized by the Chinese Olympic Committee.
CAA aims to unite with athletic workers and enthusiasts, mobilize all positive factors, guide and promote the development of Chinese athletics; to push forward and improve sports level; serve to implement the nationwide fitness program and the Olympic Glory Program, and promote the building of socialist material civilization and spiritual civilization; to enhance friendship with athletic associations in the rest of the world; and to cement the close relations and cooperation with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Asian Athletics Association (AAA).
Founded in 1954, CAA has a secretariat (a permanent working body in the Athletics Administrative Center under the General Administration of Sport of China), six committees including the press committee, the scientific training committee, the competition committee, the marathon committee, the youth committee and the equipment committee, as well as 42 provincial, municipal and industrial corporate members. Since its establishment, with the joint efforts of the Athletics Administrative Center under the General Administration of Sport of China (GAS), CAA has made positive contributions to the development of China's athletics and the improvement in the sports level of athletics.
With the constant deepening of China's reform and opening-up, according to the relevant policies of GAS and the aim of CAA, from the perspective of "great athletics", CAA will further coordinate athletic work and actively create a pattern of great athletics to achieve a leap in development. In terms of competitive sports, CAA will focus on international competitions such as the Olympic Games, persist in "going out and bringing in", and keep renewing ideas and raising level; in terms of mass sports, CAA will extensively carry out mass sports activities represented by marathon to thoroughly promote the nationwide fitness campaign; in terms of amateur training, CAA will innovate the system of reserve talent training management and the mechanism of reserve talent training operation, and perfect the construction of high-level reserve athletics talent bases, to build a great alliance for amateur athletics training; in terms of the sports industry, CAA will activate intangible athletic assets, develop the athletic market and expand the athletic industry to replenish funds for the development of athletics; in terms of cultural building, CAA will tap the essence of athletics, shape and carry forward athletic culture to vitalize Chinese athletics; in terms of external exchange, CAA will take an active part in international affairs and cultivate branded events to expand the international influence of Chinese athletics.
CAA will unite with and lead the Chinese athletic circle, extensively absorb social resources, arouse all positive forces, assist the Athletics Administrative Center under GAS in China's athletic work, and make unremitting efforts to impel China to change from a large sports country into a sports power and promote the great development and prosperity of socialist culture.