At least four individuals have been put forward for the Russian Athletics Federation Presidency ©Getty Images

Peter Ivanov, head of the Russian Triathlon Federation (RTF) and director general of High-Speed Railways, is the latest figure to be nominated for the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) Presidency.

Ivanov's name has been put forward by the Sverdlovsk Oblast Athletics Federation, state-run news agency TASS reports.

He has been RTF President since 2016 and received a glowing endorsement from secretary general Galina Shipovalova, who described Ivanov as "the leader with whom you want to work, and you constantly learn from him".

Per TASS, Ivanov was a Duputy Prime Minister of the Moscow Oblast from 2013 to 2016.

High-Speed Railways is a subsidiary of the state-owned Russian Railways.

Ivanov is at least the fourth candidate to be nominated for the RusAF Presidency, with elections scheduled for November 30.

Four-time Olympic medallist Irina Privalova, sports manager Mikhail Gusev - who was a candidate for the post in February, before withdrawing late on - and Andrei Shlyapnikov, director of the Russian Student Athletics Championships, have also been nominated.

Regional federations are able to nominate candidates for the RusAF Presidency.

Yevgeny Yurchenko is Acting President of RusAF at present.

Sydney 2000 400m hurdles champion Irina Privalova is among the nominees for RusAF President ©Getty Images
Sydney 2000 400m hurdles champion Irina Privalova is among the nominees for RusAF President ©Getty Images

RusAF is currently suspended by World Athletics, with a Reinstatement Commission given until March 1 to present the global governing body with a reinstatement plan.

It avoided expulsion in August by paying World Athletics a $6.31 million (£4.8 million/€5.32 million) fine, stemming from an anti-doping rule violation by world indoor high jump champion Danil Lysenko and subsequent cover-up.

Seven RusAF officials - including then-President Dmitry Shlyakhtin - were charged by the Athletics Integrity Unit with obstructing an anti-doping investigation, allegedly forging documents to explain Lysenko's missed tests.

Russia has been banned from international track and field competitions since November 2015 following allegations of state-sponsored doping, but some athletes have been able to compete under the Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) programme.

The ANA scheme is currently suspended for Russian athletes, but is due to be discussed at the next World Athletics Council meeting in December.

If the Russian Anti-Doping Agency's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a four-year package of sanctions which includes a ban on the Russian flag flying at the Olympics is unsuccessful, the only way Russian athletes will be able to compete at Tokyo 2020 next year is if the ANA programme is resumed.