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World athletics head Sebastian Coe said Thursday the award of the 2021 world championships to the U.S. city of Eugene without a bidding process was perfectly legitimate, after French prosecutors announced an investigation of the decision.Coe, who was vice president of IAAF when the games were awarded in April, told BBC Radio Four it was not unprecedented for decisions to be made without a bidding process.The French Justice Ministry issued a statement Thursday explaining why it had opened the case having been made aware of the unusual nature of the decision and Coe's potential conflict of interest by international media.Coe has previously said that the decision for Eugene was made after a presentation by Diack, who said financial and commercial opportunities had arisen that he felt meant the city should be awarded the rights without contest.
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