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Hayward Events Shift With Olympics Postponement

Karen Richards

Track and field Olympic team trials will likely still take place at Hayward Field in Eugene, just not this year. The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday the Tokyo Olympics will be delayed to summer 2021 at the latest, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials from Track Town USA, who manage the Olympic trials, said in a statement they look forward to welcoming the best athletes in the country to compete at Hayward on a new date. For people who’ve already bought tickets, Track Town is working on procedures to let people keep them for the delayed event or ask for a refund.

The World Athletics Championships, scheduled for August 2021 at Hayward, will probably also take place on a new timeline. World Athletics released a statement Tuesday saying Oregon 21 wants to ensure that Oregon hosts the international event on different dates, including in 2022. Both statements say it’s not clear how long it will take to finalize new schedules.


Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.
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