Portland wins bid to host 2016 World Indoor Track & Field Championships

Mar 11, 2012; Istanbul, TURKEY; Members of the United States 4 x 400m relay pose after winning in 3:03.94 in the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Atakoy Athletics Arena. From left: Gil Roberts and Frankie Wright and Calvin Smith and Manteo Mitchell. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

The IAAF has picked Portland to host the 2016 World Indoor Track and Field Championships. Gentlemen, start preparing your hipster jokes now! You know, because Portland is, like, full of hipsters. And that’s funny (?).

The Oregon city was awarded the gig over Birmingham, England. Portland will be the first city in the United States to host the World Indoor Track and Field Championships since Indianapolis in 1987.

Stephanie Hightower, the president of USA Track and Field, spoke about Portland’s selection:

It allows us to showcase the sport in the States and leaves the UK with a consistent series of high profile athletics events in the coming years. This decision adds momentum and an exciting frame work to international athletics allowing us to create a logical narrative which shows the world where we are going as a sport (KATU).

Congratulations on winning the bid, Portland. We here at FanSided hope you make America proud. Now could we get hooked up with some of that craft beer y’all are famous for?

[Source: KATU]

Topics: IAAF, Portland, World Indoor Track & Field Championships

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