The sun emerges as 200-meter racers round the curve at Hayward Field during the second day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

The sun emerges as 200-meter racers round the curve at Hayward Field during the second day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

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Eugene’s acquisition of the 2021 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field is facing increased scrutiny by the U.S. Justice Department, according to a report Wednesday in The New York Times.

U.S. prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas in what is reportedly a wide-ranging investigation into international sports corruption involving FIFA, the International Olympic Committee, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Association of Athletics Federations — the governing body of track and field — which awarded the 2021 World Championships to Eugene in 2015 without going through a formal bid process.

TrackTown USA, the local organizing committee that spearheaded the efforts to bring the world championship meet to Eugene, issued a statement from CEO Michael Reilly on Wednesday that read: “Our role was to put the best bid forward. We are proud of our bid and stand by it.”

TrackTown USA went through a lengthy bid process for the 2019 World Championships, and presented it in front of the IAAF Council in November 2014 in Monaco as one of three finalists.

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