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Travel Lane County preparing for track and field championships in Qatar

With Eugene set to host the 2021 IAAF world track and field championships, officials with Travel Lane County are getting ready to head to Doha, Qatar, for this year's event.

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 6:11 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With Eugene set to host the 2021 IAAF World Track and Field Championships, officials with Travel Lane County are getting ready to head to Doha, Qatar, for this year's event.

Kari Westlund, CEO and president of Travel Lane County, said they will be meeting with teams and International Association of Athletics Federation leaders to share with them ideas about where people can stay during the event and help with other needs. 

She said the athletes like to arrive early so they can get used to the climate and set up training camps.

Westlund said she also wants to get tips on how they can be a great host city for both the athletes and spectators.

"We just want to extend a sense of hospitality and welcome to help with logistics in terms of helping them understand Oregon and travel distance and those kinds of things."

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Westlund said they went to London for the 2017 championships, and estimates show that 55,000 people will be attending the games, which are held biannually.

She said many tourists will not stay for the full nine-day event and belives some may stay in hotels in Portland. Westlund said she is confident Eugene will be able to handle the amount of tourists who do stay locally. 

"We want to make sure that we are taking excellent care of the event and that we are as strong as a destination host we can be," Westlund said.

The IAAF World Championships in Doha start Sept. 27 and run through Oct. 6.

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