| EUGENE, Oregon
EUGENE, Oregon The United States wants to bid
for the 2010 or 2011 world cross country championships in a
move to increase American interest in athletics, the president
of USA Track and Field (USATF) said on Tuesday.
New York, Washington, Chicago and San Diego are among
cities to express interest in the event, USATF president Bill
Roe told a news conference on a non-competition day at the U.S.
"My goal before the end of the year when my term as
president expires is to place a world cross country
championship (in the United States)," Roe said.
IAAF president Lamine Diack, who visited the first half of
the trials, has even higher goals.
"He wants us to host an event....on the track & field
side," Roe said.
The U.S. has not staged a major International Association
of Athletics Federations (IAAF) event since the 1992 world
cross country championships in Boston.
Los Angeles was awarded the 2006 World Cup of Athletics but
withdrew when organizers could not guarantee taxes would not
have to be paid on prize money. Athens eventually hosted the
Roe said Diack wanted the U.S. to host a world indoor or
outdoor athletics championships before he retired as IAAF
president in 2011.
But the United States does not have a large enough facility
for the outdoor event, with the world cross country
championships or world youth or junior championships more
(Editing by Ed Osmond)