Eugene to bid for IAAF world championships

Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:39pm EDT
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By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) - Eugene, Oregon will bid for the 2019 IAAF world athletics championships, seeking to become the first U.S. city to host the biennial event, officials said on Thursday.

Barcelona and Doha are also bidding for the championships, which attract the world's top athletes and thousands of spectators.

"We're incredibly excited about that," U.S. Olympic Committee chief executive Scott Blackmun told Reuters.

"We think the 2019 IAAF world championships would help us build the sport of athletics in the United States, so we're very hopeful that the IAAF will look favorably on our bid.

"We have a lot of confidence in the bid team up in Eugene."

Nicknamed TrackTown USA, Eugene and the city's University of Oregon have been the site of the past two U.S. Olympic trials and will host the 2016 competition to select the American team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

It recently held the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) world junior championships and is the site of the annual Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting.

Numerous national championships also have been held in Eugene and the 2016 world indoor championships are scheduled for Portland, Oregon.   Continued...