|President||Melchor Sánchez de Toca Alameda|
Vatican Athletics (Latin: Athletica Vaticana) is a sports organization associated with Vatican City. Established as an athletics club of the city state, it is described as the Vatican's first official sports team. The athletics club is affiliated with the Italian Athletics Federation.
The organization is also home to the Vatican's cycling and taekwondo associations which became members of the UCI and World Taekwondo respectively in 2021.
The Holy See and the Italian Olympic Committee had an agreement to set up an official athletics team with the intention making the Vatican City able to compete in international sporting tournaments including the Summer Olympics. The Vatican will have to secure membership of the International Association of Athletics Federations to be able to compete internationally as well as set up a National Olympic Committee to be able to participate in the Olympics.
Vatican Athletics was launched on 10 January 2019 with 60 initial accredited members which includes Swiss Guards, nuns, priests, museum workers, and maintenance workers as well as two migrant Muslim Africans as honorary members. Vatican Athletics is the first sports team to have legal status in the Vatican and is officially affiliated with the Italian Athletics Federation.
The first podium finish of Vatican Athletics was at the Maratona di Messina, a marathon in Messina. Don Vincenzo Puccio, a Sicilian priest, won a silver medal for the team.
As a national team, Vatican Athletics are aiming to participate in the Games of the Small States of Europe. They attempted to make a debut in the 2019 edition, but they, along with the Faroe Islands, were barred from participating due to an absence of a national Olympic committee.
In 2021, the International Cycling Union was the first Olympic sports federation to admit Vatican Athletics to their ranks.
In 2022, one athlete represented the Vatican City at the Mediterranean Games in Algeria in a non-scoring manner.
Vatican Athletics uses a render of the Vatican coat of arms which consists of two keys and a papal tiara as its symbol. The team's uniform are in blue, yellow, and white; the latter two being colors found in the Vatican flag. The team have Italian firm Erreà as its official uniform supplier.