EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene is hoping to become the first U.S. city in the world to host the 2019 IAAF World Track and Field Championships.
Eugene is one of three cities hoping to land the championships. Barcelona, Spain and Doha, Qatar are the others.
The IAAF World Championships will be the world’s largest sporting event of the year. The event is much like the Junior World Championships from this summer, only on a much larger scale. The athlete pool alone is 2,000 people. It would require a major renovation of Hayward Field.
A group that will select the host city for the 2019 IAAF World Championships is visiting Eugene. They spent the weekend touring Eugene and its facilities.
The IAAF team held a press conference Monday about their visit. There wasn’t an empty seat in the house. There the vice president and chairman of the evaluation commission said they want to partner with a host city that has a clear vision about what it wants to deliver and leave behind and one that can adapt to a changing world.
“Those cities that undertake this understand that we are living in a vastly and rapidly changing world, a world and a sport that needs to be interconnected,” said Sebastian Coe, IAAF Vice President.
The council will choose the host city in Monaco on Nov. 18 after each city makes its presentation.