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  • #31
    Originally posted by gh
    Originally posted by Marlow
    Originally posted by gh
    What IAAF bad blood against him?
    The bad blood you related to us when Stanford bid on it and it fell through and you said a very highly placed IAAF person said that the USA would NEVER get the WC.
    I don't recall ever saying any such thing.....

    You didn't, and Marlow is confusing the World Cup fiasco with the World Champs.

    http://mb.trackandfieldnews.com/discuss ... 637#126637

    Originally posted by gh in Oct 2004
    Note here (URL also given previously for a Felix thread) that IAAF says US "may" never get a major meet again. Now that's significant

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics ... book_x.htm
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    • #32
      Originally posted by guru
      Originally posted by gh
      IAAF says US "may" never get a major meet again.
      That is indeed the quote. I looked and couldn't find it. I guess it was the World Cup that Stanford bid on, won, and then reneged on, yes? The implication at the time was, you guys (USA) screwed us (IAAF) and we're going to hold a grudge indefinitely.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Marlow
        Originally posted by guru
        Originally posted by gh
        IAAF says US "may" never get a major meet again.
        That is indeed the quote. I looked and couldn't find it. I guess it was the World Cup that Stanford bid on, won, and then reneged on, yes?

        No, it was Carson.
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        • #34
          Originally posted by Marlow
          Originally posted by Daisy
          Originally posted by Marlow
          Originally posted by gh
          What IAAF bad blood against him?
          The bad blood you related to us when Stanford bid on it and it fell through and you said a very highly placed IAAF person said that the USA would NEVER get the WC.
          Not against Logan then, but against USATF?
          The 'him' referred to 'him' as the head of USATF, not him personally. That would be nonsensical.
          That's why I was confused. Although i did wonder if there was some FIFA/IAAF thing from his past. As you say nonsensical. But, likewise, it was hard to see why the IAAF would be holding a grudge against the US too.

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          • #35
            The quote from Nick Davies of the IAAF in the USA Today link seems free of animus today. As it said, IAAF was "disappointed." But they understand the financial climate here as it relates to funding track projects.

            The IAAF should actually be thankful it fell through! What a fiasco it would have been to stage it at that horrid Carson facility.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by gh
              I know of no "bad blood" between IAAF and USATF.
              Nor do I. And I am confident that the IAAF would be delighted if the USA had a stadium suitable for the World Championships and USATF had the wherewithal to make a competitive bid for the Championships.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Bob H
                Originally posted by gh
                I know of no "bad blood" between IAAF and USATF.
                Nor do I. And I am confident that the IAAF would be delighted if the USA had a stadium suitable for the World Championships and USATF had the wherewithal to make a competitive bid for the Championships.
                following this comment

                Originally posted by gh
                IAAF says US "may" never get a major meet again.
                What does this exchange (from the thread guru cited) mean?

                Originally posted by gh
                Originally posted by tafnut
                "never" is a long time. As soon as there is a change of leadership (overdue IMO) there will be a sudden interest in getting the USA back in the fold.
                An analysis that couldn't be more wrong. On every imaginable count.

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                • #38
                  means that the IAAF's feelings for the U.S. (aka USATF) remain a constant no matter who's in the CEO chair.

                  They were lamenting the fact that we couldn't pull off something as relatively simple as the Cup, so reacted by saying that they couldn't imagine our being able to host anything significant. Nowhere (written or implied) was the IAAF saying, "you guys screwed us, now watch us screw you."

                  They well know that the overall health of the sport requires a vibrant U.S. version of track and field. They keep hoping (but aren't holding their breath).

                  Would be interesting to speculate how it all would have played out had Edmonton not beaten Stanford for the '01 bid.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by gh
                    They well know that the overall health of the sport requires a vibrant U.S. version of track and field. They keep hoping (but aren't holding their breath
                    So that's why I'm hoping we all get on the Logan Bandwagon and cheer as hard as we can. Can't-doers not welcome! :evil:

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                    • #40
                      LA would have been great if the promises were kept. There were supposed to be more stands to block the south end.
                      But just as AEG did not want to pay for the damn thing they did not want to pay for the damn thing. A lot of talk and promises were made on a lot of levels, too bad they thought this was a money making venture rather than an investment.
                      It is really sad, the community was supposed to benefit from that track with added meets and State and the like coming in. But none of this has happened.

                      I have not heard of any bad blood. I do know that there is not a facility in the entire country that can host an IAAF event. That is embarrassing

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Smoke
                        I do know that there is not a facility in the entire country that can host an IAAF event. That is embarrassing
                        Is the lack of a "stadium" the only thing keeping Hayward Field from hosting the World Championships? Meaning, is everything else up to standard for such an event?
                        "Long may you run"- Neil Young

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Smoke
                          I do know that there is not a facility in the entire country that can host an IAAF event. That is embarrassing
                          There are facilities in the US that have the physical capacity to host some IAAF events, but not the World Championships, as far as I know.

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                          • #43
                            There is an additional issue, travel in the middle of the season.

                            I think Eugene is missing the proper warm up, that square is less than adequate to be honest.
                            But you pose a good question. That is a place that would work

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Smoke
                              I think Eugene is missing the proper warm up, that square is less than adequate to be honest.
                              Another good point. That's why they used South Eugene High School as the official warm-up track but that's certainly not ideal. Lack of it being a stadium will kill it unfortunately and the lack of a warmup isn't helpful either.
                              "Long may you run"- Neil Young

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                              • #45
                                Warmup area is by far the least of Eugene's worries. South Eugene could be considered at the margins of "close enough."

                                But guess what? Even if you plopped down the perfect stadium and support structures at Hayward Field, probably couldn't get the bid.

                                Not enough housing and even if that miraculously happened, I see no way the IAAF would put the WC a 2-hour drive away from the nearest international airport.

                                Eugene the perfect (or as close to perfection as I can imagine) Trials spot, but WC... nah.

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