Sebastian Coe defends Eugene 2021 award as French authorities investigate

• Investigation launched into IAAF’s World Athletics Championships decision
• Coe says Eugene was best opportunity to get event into the United States

Sebastian Coe has defended the IAAF’s controversial decision to award the 2021 World Athletics Championships to Eugene, following news that the process is under investigation by French authorities.

The US city, which has close ties to the sportswear company Nike through its TrackTown USA athletics centre, was awarded the event in April without a vote – angering Sweden’s Gothenburg, which had been preparing a rival bid.

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