In a surprise decision during the afternoon session of the second day of IAAF Council meeting in Beijing, the world governing body awarded Eugene the 2021 IAAF World Championships. The proposal to award the IAAF’s premier competition to Eugene, bypassing the usual bidding process, was taken in response to what was seen as a unique strategic opportunity to host the IAAF World Championships for the first time in the USA. The decision followed a presentation to the IAAF in recent months by Eugene, USA. The candidature of the city from the state of Oregon and USATF, who mounted a failed bid last November for the 2019 edition of the championships, uniquely combined the commitment of the funding by the governor of Oregon with the financial support of the United States Olympic Committee and the guarantee of NBC to produce and broadcast in cooperation with Universal Sports the championships live across America.
Council’s decision was taken in order to grant the sport’s access to one of the most historically successful countries in Athletics as well as 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, in a release. The IAAF Council voted 23 to 1 with 1 abstention for Eugene according to Christopher Clarey of the NY Times. It happened once before when the 2007 Worlds were given to Osaka without a formal bid process.
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