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Portland, Birmingham to host World Indoors

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PORTLAND-BIRMINGHAMPARIS, France, November 15 – Portland in the United States and Birmingham in Great Britain will host the next two World Indoor Athletics Championships, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) said Friday.

Portland will host the championships in 2016 with Birmingham picked for 2018.

It will be the first time since the 1987 World Indoors in Indianapolis that the United States hosts a major international athletics event, although track and field was of course part of the programme at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

The next edition of the event will be in Sopot in Poland in March.

The IAAF is in Congress in Monaco, where they will hold their annual gala on Saturday.

They also decided to award the 2016 half-marathon World Championships to Cardiff.

On Saturday they will name the men’s and women’s athletes of the year with Jamaican duo Usain Bolt and Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who both won triple gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the World Championships in Moscow earlier this year, the favourites.

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