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Track and field Olympic Team Trials leaving Eugene for southern California

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EUGENE, OR (KPTV) -

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field will be leaving Eugene for southern California.

USA Track & Field announced Wednesday that the 2020 trials will take place in Walnut, California in the Los Angeles area.

Eugene was named as a finalist for the 2020 event, along with Sacramento, California.

Eugene hosted the trials in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

The board of directors for USA Track & Field released a statement saying there was a clear desire to take the event to Los Angeles.

TrackTown USA in Eugene released a statement Wednesday about the decision, congratulating the new host city.

"We are grateful for the thousands of volunteers, public and private sector leaders, and businesses throughout Oregon that helped us to build the Olympic Team Trials into an amazing festival for track and field in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Our community put forth a bold vision for 2020, and we look forward to future opportunities to partner with USA Track & Field in showcasing the sport we love," according to Michael Reilly, CEO of TrackTown USA.

Eugene will host the 2021 IAAF World Track & Field Championships.

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