Barcelona, Eugene, Doha wait on IAAF for 2019 nod

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The cities of Barcelona, Eugene and Doha are waiting to see who will host the 2019 IAAF World Championships after the IAAF Evaluation Commission (EVCOM) concluded visits to the three candidates cities.

EVCOM, under the chairmanship of Vice President Sebastian Coe (GBR), concluded its visits to the three candidates for the 2019 edition of the IAAF World Championships: Barcelona (ESP), Doha (QAT) and Eugene (USA) on Friday.

Lord Coe was joined by his IAAF Council colleagues Abby Hoffman (CAN) and Katsuyuki Tanaka (JPN), a delegation from IAAF staff led by the IAAF General Secretary Essar Gabriel as well as representatives from the IAAF marketing partner Dentsu/AMS.

“On behalf of the IAAF, I am very pleased with the hospitality and engagement showed by all three candidates during our recent visits,” said Lord Coe.

“My Council colleagues will be comforted to know that we have three excellent candidates, representing three different continental areas, and that each one of them is fully aware that the World Championships are the most important property in the IAAF portfolio of events.

“The Evaluation Commission was able to assist and advise each candidate during our visit, as we want them to be able to make the best possible presentation to the IAAF Council on the 18 November.”

The EVCOM visited the cities on the following dates:

  • Barcelona 14-15 October 2014
  • Eugene 26-27 October 2014
  • Doha 30-31 October 2014

As well as on-site visits to facilities and accommodation options, the key areas examined were:

• Vision and General Concept
• Competition
• Accommodation
• Transportation
• Congress & Council Meetings
• Broadcasting
• Media Operations
• Medical & Anti-Doping
• Ceremonies & Protocol
• Legacy
• Visa, Work Permit, Customs
• Security
• Sponsor opportunities and other commercial activities
• Ticketing
• Communication & Promotion
• Finance

The Report of the EVCOM will now be submitted to the IAAF Council on November 7, 2014.

The host city for the 2019 will be decided in Monaco by the IAAF Council on Tuesday November 18, 2014, following final presentations by the three candidates.