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Russian athletics federation hopes to resume its IAAF membership in three months

November 15, 2015, 17:01 UTC+3
An anti-crisis plan of action has been adopted at a meeting of the Russian Athletics Federation
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MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. The All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) hopes to resume its membership in the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) in three months, ARAF’s acting president Vadim Zelichenok told journalists on Sunday.

"We would like to resume as IAAF full-fledged member in three months," he said.

Zelichenok also said that the extraordinary ARAF presidium meeting on Sunday with participation of Russian Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko had adopted an anti-crisis plan of action. "There were not very many issues on the agenda. The IAAF decision on ARAF’s suspension was read out. We discussed this decision and possible ways to overcome this situation. An anti-crisis plan was adopted," he said.

In his words, the key goal as of today is to ensure participation of Russian athletes in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. "It was confirmed once again that our key goal now is to ensure participation of Russian athletes in the Olympic Games and resume our status to give them a possibility to take part in all competitions," he said.

According to  Zelichenok, the next president of the All-Russian Athletics Federation will be in office for less than one year as the next regular elections will take place after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He also noted that Olympic champion Svetlana Masterkova has announced plans to run for ARAF president. He also pointed out that he thinks Secretary General of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) Mikhail Butov is an ideal candidate for ARAF president.

"I think if no solution is found, the ideal candidate is Butov," he told journalists. "Of course, if Mutko nominates a serious condiate, Butov will continue on his current post."

"Another election conference will be held within six months after the Olympic Games," he told journalists. "People [candidates for ARAF president] should be aware they will be in office for a short period of time. However they have a possibility to be reelected for a longer term - four years."

"Naturally, the winter season is most likely closed for us. That is why we want to expand the calendar of domestic competitions and, probably, invite foreigners," he added.

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