An accelerated bidding process was opened for the IAAF World U20 Championships and IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships following the suspension of original host nation Russia

Letters of interest have been received from seven member federations keen to host either the IAAF World U20 Championships or the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in 2016, the sport’s world governing body has announced.

An accelerated bidding process was opened for the two events following the full suspension of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) as an IAAF member last month. Next year’s World U20 Championships had originally been due to take place in Kazan, while the World Race Walking Team Championships had been set for Cheboksary.

Australia (Perth), India (city to be confirmed) and Poland (Bydgoszcz) have expressed interest in hosting the World U20 Championships, while Ecuador (Guayaquil), Italy (Rome), Mexico (Monterrey) and Ukraine (Kiev) are said to be the four member federations interested in hosting the World Race Walking Team Championships.

“The IAAF is extremely grateful to its member federations for their support,” said IAAF president Seb Coe. “Reallocating the race walking team and the under-20 championships is of vital importance.

“We are safeguarding the dreams and aspirations of athletes worldwide.

“Considering the necessary speed of the process, that seven member federations from five continental areas have formally expressed an interest in bidding is clear evidence that the events have appeal.”

The IAAF is set to review the applications between December 23 and January 6 before an electronic vote by the IAAF Council takes place on January 7. The successful candidate cities are set to be announced on that same day.