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TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna Resigns From Position

Lananna also will step down from his position as Chair of the Oregon21 organizing committee
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TrackTown USA President VIN LANANNA has "resigned," as he wants to "devote all his energy toward ensuring the 2021 World Outdoor Championships are successful, and they be used to help ignite national interest in the sport," according to a source cited by Ken Goe of the Portland OREGONIAN. Lananna has either "directed TrackTown USA or shared the leadership of it since its inception" prior to the '08 Olympic trials. Lananna also will "step down from his position" as Chair of the Oregon21 organizing committee. A source said that he will "retain his position" as Univ. of Oregon Associate AD. Lananna currently is President of USA Track & Field, but he has been on "temporary administrative leave" from the position since February. USATF's BODs placed Lananna on leave, in part, because of "perceived conflicts of interest in his roles" as President of both TrackTown USA and USATF. Lananna led the "successful bid for the 2021 World Outdoor Championships, which are scheduled to be at Hayward Field." He reportedly felt he had "spread himself too thin by having leadership roles in so many organizations, and had become concerned about his effectiveness and his health." With Lananna's departure, TrackTown USA CEO MICHAEL REILLY's role "will expand" (Portland OREGONIAN, 7/18).

NOTHING TO DO WITH IT: In Eugene, Austin Meek in a front-page piece notes TrackTown USA acknowledged in February it was "cooperating with the U.S. Department of Justice in its investigation" of the IAAF and the awarding of the '19 and '21 World Championships. Lananna said that the investigation "played no role in his decision to step down." Lananna: "It has nothing to do with the DOJ thing." He said that his exit from TrackTown had "been in the works for several months." Reilly said, "I don’t think it really changes things on a day-to-day basis for TrackTown." He added that Lananna’s departure "won’t affect TrackTown’s bid" for the '20 Olympic Trials (Eugene REGISTER-GUARD, 7/18).