A worldwide sports investigation's reach now extends into local track and field. The U.S. Department of Justice issued grand jury subpoenas for an investigation that casts a wide net on sports corruption and includes the 2021 IAAF World Outdoor Championships awarded to Eugene, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
The investigation involves FIFA and the International Olympic Committee, and the DOJ is looking into possible racketeering, fraud and money laundering charges in connection with the 2019 IAAF Outdoor Championship bid awarded to Doha, Qatar, in 2015. Eugene lost its bid to host the 2019 Championships but was unceremoniously awarded the 2021 championship just months after.
The Times article claims the subpoenas date back as far as 2013 and the United States has since been awarded the outdoor championships in Eugene and the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Last Summer, the FBI and IRS reportedly began investigating the 2021 bid by Eugene.
In an article by Oregonian writer Ken Goe, TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly was quoted as saying, "Our role was to put the best bid forward. We are proud of our bid and stand by it."
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