United States to
host 2021 IAAF World Championships
BEIJING -- The IAAF's crown jewel of track and
field, the World Championships, will be held in the United States for the first
time in 2021.
In a special vote Thursday at its meetings in
Beijing, the 27-member IAAF Council awarded the 2021 IAAF World Championships
to the United States and the state of Oregon. USA Track & Field, the City
of Eugene and local organizing committee TrackTown USA will host the meet at
the University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field.
It marks the first time in the 33-year history of
the IAAF World Championships that the meet will be contested on U.S. soil. The
2019 IAAF World Championships were awarded to Doha, Qatar, last November in a
close vote that saw the U.S. bid garner significant attention and support.
IAAF President Lamine Diack announced the
decision Thursday in Beijing.
"We are deeply honored to be given the
opportunity to host the world's greatest track and field athletes on U.S.
soil," USATF CEO Max Siegel said. "We thank President Diack and the IAAF
Council for entrusting this meet to the United States. Team USA has established
itself as the most successful track and field team in the world. We now have
the opportunity and duty to rise to the same level as hosts of these
"We are humbled by the bold leadership shown by
the IAAF Council," TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna said. "We are thrilled
to be able to welcome the world in 2021. We want to thank the IAAF for their
decision, and we also want to thank the people of Oregon for their unwavering
support. In hosting this meet at historic Hayward Field, on the beautiful
University of Oregon campus, we believe we can ignite a spark that will leave a
lasting legacy for track and field for generations to come."
The 2021 World Championships will be the third
IAAF championship event to be held in Oregon in the span of seven years. The
highly acclaimed IAAF World Junior Championships Oregon 14 made its U.S. debut
in TrackTown USA last summer and the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland
2016 will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on March 18-20,
The IAAF World Championships - a biennial
nine-day competition featuring the world's finest track and field athletes -
will be the largest sporting event in the world in 2021, with nearly 2,000
participants representing as many as 213 different countries from around the
The 2021 IAAF World Championships will join a
long list of prestigious track and field events held in TrackTown USA. The
University of Oregon has welcomed five U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials -
including Eugene 08 and TrackTown 12, with a sixth coming in July of 2016 - the
annual Prefontaine Classic, multiple USATF Outdoor Championships and the NCAA
Outdoor Track & Field Championships through 2021.
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