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Eugene, Oregon has been awarded the 2021 World Track and Field Championships after many weeks of quiet negotiations.

Eugene earned a close second in last fall’s bid for the 2019 World Championships. In February, organizers appealed to IAAF president Lamine Diack, and were encouraged to campaign for the 2021 event. Track Town USA President Vin Lananna says he wasn’t feeling confident until this week. He spoke from Beijing after the council meeting: 

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Eugene is in contention to host the largest sporting event in the world in 2019. International track and field evaluators visited Sunday and Monday. Next month, they'll choose the location of the 2019 World Championships.

The Evaluation Commission for the International Association of Athletics Federations has been to Barcelona, Spain. They travel to Doha, Qatar later this week. Eugene is the third contender for the competition. British politician and former Olympic middle distance athlete, Sebastian Coe, is the IAAF's Vice President:

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Police say the four Ethiopian runners who went missing during the IAAF Championships last week have defected because they fear returning to their home country. 18-year-old Zeyituna Mohammed says she and her teammates are too afraid to return because of widespread civil unrest.

The report confirms what many had suspected — that the athletes' disappearance was part of a plan to defect from Ethiopia.

Police say the athletes are permitted to stay in the U.S. under the terms of their visas. No time limit was given.

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Three of the four Ethiopian athletes reported missing from the IAAF  World Junior Championships last weekend, have been located Monday afternoon in Beaverton. Beaverton Police located and positively identified Atibeha, Amanuel Abebe Atibeha, Dureti Edao, and Meaza Kebede . The three were safe, unharmed, and staying with acquaintances.   

A missing persons case is still active for Zeyituna Mohammed.

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This week, Eugene is hosting representatives from the International Association of Athletics Federations, track and field's governing body. They are reviewing progress for July's World Junior Championships, being held in the United States for the first time.

Abby Hoffman is a four-time Olympian and a member of the IAAF Council. She says this visit is focused on logistics, such as coordinating with the U of O to house and feed an estimated 1,600 athletes.