The amateur athletic union aau
Sullivan with the goal of creating common standards in amateur sport. From its founding as a publicly supported organization, the AAU has represented US sports within the various international sports federations. As part of this, the AAU Junior Olympic Games were introduced in , with athletes aged 8 to 16 years, or older in certain sports, can participating. Many future World and Olympic champions have appeared in these events, which are still held every year. In the s, the AAU received growing criticism. Many claimed that its regulatory framework was outdated.