- Associated Press - Monday, February 19, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - USA Track and Field has placed its president, Vin Lananna, on temporary leave to avoid potential conflict of interest concerns over an investigation into the awarding of the 2021 world championships to Eugene, Oregon.

The Department of Justice is investigating possible racketeering, money laundering and fraud charges related to the awarding of both the Eugene championships and the 2019 championships to Doha, Qatar.

Lananna has long served as president of TrackTown USA, the nonprofit that hosts events in Eugene. He led Eugene’s efforts to land the championships, which were awarded without a bid process.

USATF chairman Steve Miller said nobody at the federation believes Lananna committed wrongdoing, but the move was made to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest.


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