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Barcelona, Doha and Eugene bid for 2019 World Championships

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Barcelona, Doha and Eugene are the three cities to have bid for the right to host the 2019 Athletics World Championships, according to Yahoo Sports.

The contenders were announced at an International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) meeting in Dakar, Senegal. Doha, who bid for the 2017 Championships and lost to London, are the early favourites to win as the Qatari city have the greatest economical support of the three cities.

There will, however, be good support for Eugene. The United States of America have never hosted the sports World Championships, despite being the most successful nation in the competitions history.

The main reason for this is there is considered to be a lack of stadia suitable for such a major athletics event. Eugene, in the state of Oregon, has hosted the American trials on numerous occasions, though, and will also stage this year's IAAF World Junior Championships.

It is thought that renovation and expansion would be needed to host the senior version, but should the city be chosen, that will probably happen.

The third and final city, Barcelona, adds to the growing list of Spanish bids to host a major sporting event. The Catalan city, and the country's capital of Madrid, have both failed in previous bids to stage either the Olympics or the World Championships, but will be hoping for a different outcome this time.

The city was forced to pull out of a similar bid for the 2017 championships because of a lack of government funding, but early signs suggest this won't happen again.

Beijing will host the 2015 World's, before the championships head to London two years later. The decision for the 2019 competition will be announced in November of this year.

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