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Portland gets 2016 World Indoor track championships

The 2016 World Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place in Portland.

The IAAF Council on Friday awarded the event to a U.S. city for the first time since 1987.

Monaco and Birmingham, England also bid to host the meet.

Birmingham received the 2018 event.

“This is a win, win situation for athletics,” USA Track and Field President Stephanie Hightower said in a statement. “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.”

The three-day meet will be in March at the Oregon Convention Center. The OCC will hold more than 8,000 fans for the event, with a new 200-meter track to be built for the championships.