LONDON (AP) - Eugene is bidding to bring track and field’s world championships to the United States for the first time.
The contenders were announced at the International Association of Athletics Federations council meeting in Dakar, Senegal.
The worlds were first staged in 1983 in Helsinki, Finland. The 2015 championships will be held in Beijing and the 2017 worlds in London.
Barcelona, which hosted the 1992 Olympics, had submitted a bid for the 2017 worlds but withdrew due to lack of government support.
Even though the U.S. is the most successful country in the history of the world outdoors, the championships have yet to be held in the country, mainly due to the lack of a suitable stadium.
Eugene is the home of Hayward Field, which has hosted the NCAA outdoor championships 11 times and has regularly staged the U.S. Olympic Trials. The facility underwent $8 million in renovations in 2008 but would presumably need to be expanded for the worlds.