The Congress of the IAAF consists of the Council, Honorary Members and not more than three delegates from each National Member Federation.
The Congress meets every two years at the time of the World Championships. Elections take place in every even numbered Congress, one vote being given to each Member. The Congress elects the President, four Vice Presidents, the Honorary Treasurer, Individual Members and Committees.
The Congress is also entitled to elect, in recognition of valued service, Honorary Life Presidents, Life Vice Presidents and Life Personal Members.
The Congress has the power to amend the rules and introduce new events or competitions. It can also grant, on the recommendation of Council, the various IAAF awards