Eugene, Oregon Submits Bid For 2019 World Track & Field Championships
EUGENE — I'm not sure if the bid by "Track Town USA" to play host to the 2019 world track and field championships will be accepted by the International Association of Athletics Federations. But I know Eugene's bid itself was a winner.
That was clear Monday after a 48-hour visit by IAAF Evaluation Commission members, who met organizers of Eugene's bid to become the first U.S. city to put on the biannual event.
Track Town USA President Vin Lananna covered a lot of bases, leading the local organizing committee that offered 16 presentations over the weekend. While IAAF Vice President Sebastian Coe and General Secretary Essar Gabriel roamed the city to check out facilities and get a feel for the community, they were given the impression that Eugene very much wants the opportunity show its stuff.
"That was the refrain from the previous two days. the underlying message," said Coe, the Olympic 1,500 meters champion for Great Britain in 1980 and '84. "I don't think we will leave here in any doubt of the seriousness that you'd take these championships."
The other two cities that have submitted bids are Barcelona, Spain, and Doha, Qatar. Members of the IAAF Evaluation Commission visited Barcelona on Oct. 14 and 15 and leave Tuesday for a two-day stopover in Doha. They will then report back to the 26-member IAAF committee, which will hear presentations from bodies representing the three cities in Monaco and then reach a decision on Nov. 18.
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Source: Portland Tribune