A proposal to change the name of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to World Athletics was officially approved by the governing body's Congress including members of the Bermuda national Athletics Association - but only after opposition from some countries.
The name change, originally proposed by the IAAF Council in June, in a bid to make the sport more accessible became a matter of debate during the second day of the sport's biannual meeting.
What was expected to be a formality to change the name to make it compatible with Monegasque law, led to a number of delegates from French-speaking countries warning they were against the plan because it did not work very well in their language.
Other critics claimed it meant a loss of identity.
Sebastian Coe, officially re-elected as IAAF President for a second four-year term yesterday, told the Congress that the change was necessary to help make the sport more appealing to youngsters.