The World Track and Field Championships could come to the U.S. for the first time in 2019, if Eugene., Ore., beats Doha, Qatar, and Barcelona, Spain in an IAAF decision Nov. 18.
USA Track and Field announced Friday that it officially submitted a bid for Eugene, which will host its third straight U.S. Olympic Trials in 2016 and held the World Junior Track and Field Championships in July.
“We have worked actively with the IAAF and TrackTown USA for nearly two years to ensure we are able to put forth a bid that will elevate the profile of track & field internationally as well as in the United States,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said in a press release.
By 2019, the World Track and Field Championships will have been staged 16 times since their 1983 debut, including once in North America, in Edmonton in 2001. The 2015 World Championships are in Beijing. The 2017 World Championships are in London.