Hayward Field to host 2021 IAAF World Championship

SALEM, Ore. - In a special vote at its meetings in Beijing, the IAAF Council awarded the 2021 World Championships for track and field to Eugene, Or. - TrackTown USA.

This is the first time the United States will host the international track and field competition.

USA Track & Field, the City of Eugene, and local organizing committee TrackTown USA will host the meet at the historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

The proposal to award Eugene IAAF's premier competition bypassed the usual bidding process. The city was re-entered as a candidate from the State of Oregon and USATF after it failed in last November's bid for the 2019 edition of the championships. Its candidature combined with funding by the governor of Oregon, the support of the United States Olympic Committee.

NBC agreed to produce and broadcast the competition live across America in cooperation with Universal Sports.

The council wanted to grant the sport's access to the United States because it is one of the most historically successful countries in athletics and has the most powerful economy in the world.

"In granting the championships to Eugene the IAAF Council have made a clear choice on a strategic decision that enables us to take advantage of a unique opportunity that may never arise again, whereby public authorities, the private sector, the national Olympic Committee, NBC and a particularly enthusiastic public are joining forces," commented IAAF President Lamine Diack.

Vin Lananna, who led Eugene's bid for the championships, commented: "I thank President Diack, the Council and USATF President Stephanie Hightower and CEO Max Siegel in supporting the bid. We promise to deliver an outstanding championships for the sport of track and field in America and around the world."

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