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USA Track reopens bids for 2020 trials over stadium delays

USA Track said the board will look to re-award the US trials for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics no later than June 2018
AFP

Los Angeles (AFP) – USA Track and Field announced Tuesday it has reopened bidding to host the 2020 US Olympic athletics trials because of a lawsuit that has delayed construction of the intended stadium.

USA Track’s board of directors unanimously authorized the move as litigation continues over the building of the new stadium at Mt. San Antonio (Mt. SAC) College in Walnut, California — a suburb of Los Angeles.

The board had awarded the 2020 Olympic trials to Mt. SAC last June but a key aspect of the winning bid was construction of the stadium on the campus.

While Mt. SAC settled a lawsuit with the city of Walnut last month, a second lawsuit seeking to halt construction of the stadium by a local taxpayers group, United Walnut Taxpayers, remains unresolved.

USA Track said the board will look to re-award the US trials for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics no later than next month.

Eugene, Oregon, has hosted the past three US Olympic trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, which annually stages the Diamond League’s Prefontaine Classic and also will host the IAAF 2021 World Championships.

This year’s US Track and Field Championships will be staged June 21-24 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

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