Doha wins out over Eugene: 'It's important to dream big and have ambitious goals'

EUGENE, ORe. - The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) voted to award the 2019 IAAF World Championships to the city of Doha, Qatar on Tuesday over competing bids from Eugene, Oregon and Barcelona, Spain.

TrackTown USA, the local organizing committee for the U.S. bid, was attempting to bring the IAAF's biggest event to U.S. soil for the first time.

The 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships made its American debut at Hayward Field in Eugene last summer.

The IAAF World Indoor Championships will be contested in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center in March of 2016.

"We would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Doha and our sincere thanks to the IAAF," said Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA. "It's important to dream big and have ambitious goals. We made a bold attempt with an audacious vision for this event and we will continue to partner with USA Track & Field in attracting other major events to the U.S. I have no doubt that the U.S. will field another fantastic track and field team in the summer of 2019, and we look forward to welcoming the world to Portland in the spring of 2016."

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