International Athletics

IAAF choice baffles EAA

2015-04-16 17:30
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Berlin - Europe's ruling athletics body EAA has expressed surprise and dismay about the decision to award the 2021 world championships to Eugene, Oregon, without a bidding process.

The world governing body IAAF chose the American venue Thursday at a council meeting in Beijing while Sweden's Gothenburg had also been interested.

"I would like to congratulate USA Track & Field ... but I must say I am very surprised by the complete lack of process in the decision the IAAF has taken," EAA president Svein Arne Hansen said in a statement.

"The IAAF knew that Gothenburg was a serious candidate for the 2021 World Championships.

"This type of decision would just not happen within European Athletics as we have a comprehensive bidding process that all candidates must follow."

The US is the most successful nation at the championships but has never hosted the worlds.

Eugene recently lost out to Doha for 2019.

Beijing hosts the worlds in 2015 and London in 2017.

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