Portland 2016 LOC marks 50 days to go until the IAAF World Indoor Championships

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The organisers of the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships – Portland 2016, which will be staged between March 17-20, have released the official bulletin to mark the 50 days to go until the event.

The Portland 2016 Local Organising Committee (LOC) have previously announced the preliminary entries of 699 athletes (403 men, 296 women) from 154 federations, making the 16th edition of the championships the largest ever to be held in North America.

Although there will be a slight reduction in numbers between preliminary entries and final participants, this year’s championships could be the biggest in almost 20 years, since the 1997 event in Paris when a record 712 athletes competed.

Champions from two years ago in the Polish city of Sopot such as Ashton Eaton, Pavel Maslak, , Mutaz Essa Barshim, Konstadinos Filippidis, , , Mauro da Silva, Abeba Aregawi, , Yarisley Silva and Kamila Licwinko have all indicated that Portland is part of their plans for the winter.

The Official bulletin contains a plethora of useful information for the competitor, official and spectator alike.

Among the material available are details of the competition schedule, prize money, visa information, local sights and ticket purchase information.