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U.S. track and field boss's job on line at board meeting

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Chief executive Doug Logan’s future with USA Track & Field (USATF) will be on the line when the governing body’s board meets in Las Vegas this weekend.

“I think that is the sole topic,” Logan told Reuters in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

Logan, USATF’s CEO since July 2008, has received mixed reviews for his first two years.

His hands-on style and desire for change have drawn both praise and criticism. Concerns over the need for increased financial sponsorships also have been expressed.

But nine-times Olympic champion Carl Lewis said Logan was the person to move the sport forward in the United States.

“He brings credibility, knowledge and expertise,” Lewis told Reuters. “He understands the future and has a vision.

“They (USATF) were lucky he fell in their hands,” added Lewis, who was in Washington on Wednesday doing promotional work for his website ( and the October 23 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge for runners, walkers and cyclists.

Lewis said for too many years USATF and its predecessors had been dysfunctional and run by “people who don’t understand anything outside their own zip code.”

“The sport is not even an also-ran in America,” said the former sprinter and long jumper. “I can’t believe they want to try and get rid of him.

USATF president Stephanie Hightower confirmed the board would meet in executive session this weekend but would not be drawn on the agenda.

“We don’t discuss personnel matters regardless of who it is,” she said.

The board had been reviewing Logan’s performance for several months, but did not feel the need to rush into any decisions, Hightower added.

A former Major League Soccer (MLS) commissioner, Logan conducted a major review after a disappointing showing by American athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He has set a goal of 30 athletics medals for the 2012 London Games. The United States won 23 in 2008.

Editing by Ian Ransom