IAAF Awards 2019 World Championships to Doha, from Curtis Andersen, Tracktown USA, note by Larry Eder

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The IAAF awarded the 2019 World Championships to Doha this afternoon, Monaco time at 2.30 pm (about an hour delayed). The delay kept up Vote Tracktown hopes , as they waited for the live announcement on IAAF You Tube.

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The first round of votes was Doha 12, Eugene 9, and Europe 6. In the voting system used, Barcelona was then eliminated.

In the second round, Doha took 15, and Eugene 12. 

Eugene did better than expected, but the experience that Doha has had in world championships bidding, and their support won out. 

RunBlogRun had put the votes, yesterday at Doha 14, Europe 7, Eugene, 4. Tracktown USA battled until the very end, gaining support from Japan and Korea early in the morning hours. 

Kudos to the Tracktown USA team, USA Track & Field and their supporters. And a special shout out to Vinn Lananna, who battled until the very end, like the fine track and field coach that he is. 

Lots of respect there. 

While I am saddened that USA does not have a World Champs in 2019, I believe it will happen soon. 

Vote Tracktown. 


IAAF awards 2019 World Championships to Doha

Monte Carlo, Monaco - The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) voted to award the 2019 IAAF World Championships to the city of Doha, Qatar on Tuesday over competing bids from Eugene, Oregon and Barcelona, Spain.

TrackTown USA, the local organizing committee for the U.S. bid, in conjunction with USA Track & Field (USATF), was attempting to bring the IAAF's crown jewel to U.S. soil for the first time in the 31-year history of the event.

The highly acclaimed 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships made its American debut at Hayward Field in Eugene last summer, and the IAAF World Indoor Championships will be contested in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center in March of 2016.

Statement from TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna:

"We would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Doha and our sincere thanks to the IAAF. It's important to dream big and have ambitious goals. We made a bold attempt with an audacious vision for this event and we will continue to partner with USA Track & Field in attracting other major events to the U.S. I have no doubt that the U.S. will field another fantastic track and field team in the summer of 2019, and we look forward to welcoming the world to Portland in the spring of 2016."

Statement from USATF CEO Max Siegel:

"The United States congratulates Doha on securing the 2019 World Championships. We look forward to Team USA competing in Doha against the best athletes in the world. We thank President (Lamine) Diack, the IAAF Council, and the IAAF evaluation commission for considering our bid and the tremendous collaboration the IAAF showed throughout this process." 

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