Eugene landing track & field World Championships investigated

French officials taking issue with the IAAF deciding on Eugene for the 2021 World Championships.

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French officials are taking issue with the IAAF selecting Eugene for the 2021 World Championships.

Track’s governing body has been increasingly scrutinized after a doping cover-up by its former president. Its current president Sebastian Coe recently stepped down from his position with Nike.

Eugene is closely linked to Nike, and that connection also caused concern because Coe, an I.A.A.F. vice president at the time of the vote, was a longstanding paid ambassador for the company.

Organizers of the Eugene event remained confident in their bid: “We are very proud of and we stand by our bid,” Vin Lananna, the president of TrackTown USA, which organizes track events in Eugene, told reporters in Oregon. “We stand by the integrity of the bid. We are 100 percent confident there has been nothing outside of what are the norms for the presentation of an I.A.A.F. bid.”

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Eugene was selected without a bidding process, which irked officials from Gothenburg, Sweden.

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