- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

MONACO (AP) - Track and field’s governing body has opened up an accelerated bidding process for the world race walking team championships and the world junior championships next year because of Russia’s suspension from the sport.

The walking event was initially to be held in Cheboksary in May, followed by the junior worlds in Kazan in July. But following the World Anti-Doping Agency commission’s report of state-sponsored doping in track and field, Russia has been suspended and can no longer serve as host.

IAAF member federations must submit a letter of interest signed by the federation and authorities of the proposed host city by Monday.

The IAAF says the host cities will be announced on Jan. 7 following an electronic vote by the IAAF council.

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