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History was made when the International Association of Athletics Federations – the world’s governing body for the sport of track and field – awarded the 2021 World Championships to the United States and the state of Oregon. It is the first time in history that the IAAF World Championships will be held in the U.S.
History was made again at the 209th IAAF Council Meeting, taking us another significant step closer to hosting the crown jewel of the track and field calendar.
The IAAF Council’s approval of our official championships name as IAAF World Championships Oregon21 is significant because it is the first time the IAAF World Championships name has referenced a region larger than a city. This new approach reflects our ongoing commitment to engage broadly, not just in one community but in communities across the state and the country.
“We pushed for the name to include Oregon21 because we are incredibly excited about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we have to showcase our entire state,” said Vin Lananna, President of the Local Organizing Committee. “We look forward to working with our partners at the IAAF and USA Track & Field to deliver an exceptional event, one that reflects not only Oregon’s tremendous track and field heritage, but also its innovative businesses and industry, stunning natural beauty, and warm and welcoming communities.”
The Council also approved the dates of competition for the IAAF World Championships Oregon21 as Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 15, 2021. This new format features competition over 10 days rather than the standard nine days. This timetable will debut at the 2017 World Championships in London this year; Doha will host the 2019 edition.
The Local Organizing Committee will partner with USA Track & Field, the national governing body for the sport in this country, and communities around the state to welcome the world in 2021. The IAAF World Championships, held every two years, will be the largest sporting event in the world in 2021, with nearly 2,000 participants representing as many as 214 different countries.
“We are thrilled to be able to welcome the world to Oregon in 2021 and host this competition for the first time in the United States at historic Hayward Field, on the beautiful University of Oregon campus. We believe we can ignite a spark that will leave a lasting legacy for track and field for generations to come,” said Lananna.
This will be the third IAAF championship event to be held in Oregon in the span of seven years. The highly acclaimed IAAF World Junior Championships made its U.S. debut in TrackTown USA in the summer of 2014 and the IAAF World Indoor Championships was hosted in Portland in March of 2016.
Hayward Field has a history of hosting elite international events, welcoming six U.S. Olympic Team Trials (including the last three held), the annual Prefontaine Classic, multiple USATF Outdoor Championships, and the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships through 2021.
About Track Town USA, Inc:
TrackTown USA, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sports of track and field and running by hosting premier events, creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, improving facilities, being a leader in sustainability efforts and inspiring the next generation of track and field athletes and fans. The organization is responsible for organizing the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, the 2015 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials—Track & Field.
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.