2021 World Championships in Athletics

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IAAF World Championships
Eugene 2021
Host city Eugene, Oregon, United States
Dates August 6, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Main venue Hayward Field
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The eighteenth edition of the IAAF World Championships is scheduled to be held in 2021 in Eugene, Oregon, United States.[1][2][3]

Host selection[edit]

The selection of the host city was announced on April 16, 2015 in Beijing.[4][5] Eugene was selected without a traditional bidding process, though Eugene did put in a bid for the 2019 World Championships, losing to Qatar.[2]

Runner's World magazine reported that Eugene's selection by the International Association of Athletics Federations was an "unusual move".[1] They report the Association "bypassed the usual bidding process," and that the choice of Eugene will make the 2021 event "the first held in the United States."

The Guardian reported that the lack of bidding triggered concern in European cities that had bid to host the event.[3] They quoted Lamine Diack, IAAF president, who justified the lack of bidding with the claim the selection of Eugene to host the event, "enables us to take advantage of a unique opportunity that may never arise again.” The lack of bidding for the 2021 event was not unprecedented. The 2007 World Championship was awarded to Osaka, Japan, without bidding.


Hayward Field in 2007, prior to 2018 renovation

The championships will be held in the Hayward Field, at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, which will be renovated, and have a capacity of 30,000.[6]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b David Monti (April 16, 2015). "Eugene to Host 2021 Track World Championships: Oregon City will be first U.S. site of global meet". Runner's World. Retrieved August 28, 2015. In an unusual move that bypassed the usual bidding process, the International Association of Athletics Federations awarded Eugene, Oregon, the 2021 World Championships in Athletics in a special vote on the second day of their Council Meeting in Beijingl 
  2. ^ a b Christopher Clarey (April 16, 2015). "Without Bidding, Eugene, Ore., Is Abruptly Awarded World Track Championships". New York Times. p. B12. Retrieved August 29, 2015. There was surprise in multiple time zones on Thursday when Eugene, Ore., became the first city in the United States to secure the world outdoor track and field championships. It will stage them in 2021 without the usual constraint of having had to win a formal bidding process. 
  3. ^ a b "IAAF under fire for awarding 2021 World Athletics Championships to Eugene". The Guardian. April 16, 2015. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ "USA Track & Field - United States to host 2021 IAAF World Championships". usatf.org. Retrieved September 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Eugene, Oregon awarded 2021 Worlds without bidding process". BBC Sport. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "New design: The best athletics stadium worldwide?". StadiumDB. April 23, 2018.