Athletics: French investigate 2021 world championships award - source

PARIS (AFP) - French prosecutors have opened an investigation into the awarding of the 2021 world athletics championships in the American city of Eugene, a judicial source said Wednesday, confirming a report by the BBC.

Eugene was awarded the championships despite the traditional formal bidding process for such a high-profile event not taking place.

The new inquiry is not related to the ongoing corruption probe which led to the arrest and charging of Lamine Diack, the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the source said.

His successor Sebastian Coe came under fire for his close links to Nike, the multinational sportswear firm which is headquartered in the Oregon city of Eugene.

Coe has since stepped down from his paid role as an ambassador for Nike.