Portland Lobbying To Host US Track & Field Championships

By Jim McCoy Mon 4th November SportsPortlandtrack & field
USA Track and Field is backing a bid by Portland, Ore., to host the 2016 world indoor track and field championships. A formal presentation will be made to the IAAF on Nov. 15 in Monaco. Indianapolis hosted the 1987 indoor world championships. No American city has hosted the event since. More than 600 athletes from as many as 212 nations are expected to compete in 2016. Organizing committee officials have agreed to build a new 200-meter IAAF-certified track, which would then serve as a legacy of the event after the three-day meet ends. The Americans won a record 10 gold medals and 18 total medals at the 2012 world indoor championships in Turkey. Eugene, Ore., will host next year's 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

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