IAAF

Track & Field
5:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Eugene Hosts Evaluation Commission For World Track Event

IAAF General Secretary Essar Gabriel, Track Town USA President Vin Lananna, IAAF VP Sebastian Coe, and USATF CEO Max Siegel make opening statements.
Credit Karen Richards

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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Track and Field
8:49 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Ethiopian Runners Defecting To U.S.

Members of the IAAF Team from Ethopia
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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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Missing Persons
5:17 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Three Missing Ethopian Athletes Located

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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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Sports
3:53 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Track Town On Track For World Junior Championships

Abby Hoffman speaks Thursday at Hayward Field.
Credit Karen Richards

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.

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