Athletics: Russia hopes to regain IAAF membership in 'two to three months'

AFP - The acting president of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (Araf) expressed his hope on Sunday that the country's beleaguered ruling track and field body would regain its IAAF membership within three months.

World athletics ruling body the IAAF on Friday provisionally suspended Araf from international competition over claims of state-sponsored doping revealed in a shocking report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) commission.

"We've discussed the IAAF decision and worked out a crisis plan," Vadim Zelichenok told the R-Sport news agency after an extraordinary Araf meeting.

"We also discussed the measures that will help us to restore our IAAF membership in two or three months.

"Our main objective is to ensure our athletes' participation in the Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, to restore their status."

The IAAF Council suspended Russia following the publication of a damning report by an independent commission set up by Wada on mass doping in Russian athletics.

Although the suspension is provisional, without a time limit and with immediate effect, eight months ahead of the 2016 Olympics questions remain on whether a Russian athletics team will be on the road to Rio.

The length of Russia's exile depends on the country implementing adequate anti-doping measures, and can only be lifted by a new vote of the IAAF council whose next meeting is scheduled for Monaco on November 26-27.

In the worst case scenario ARAF have four months to propose solutions before going before the council again.