Soccer: Russia’s Mutko steps down as head of World Cup organizing committee

Soccer: Russia’s Mutko steps down as head of World Cup organizing committee

Soccer: Russia’s Mutko steps down as head of World Cup organizing committee

Written by Nathasha De Alwis

28 Dec, 2017 | 3:02 pm

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned for life from the Olympics this month, stepped down from his post as head of Russia’s World Cup Local Organizing Committee yesterday, December 27.

Accordingly Alexei Sorokin, the committee’s chief executive, will take on Mutko’s responsibilities from here within.

Russia is hosting next year’s soccer World Cup in 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi. Mutko was a former sports minister and has been embroiled in a scandal concerning alleged doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.

According to the International Olympic Committee it was banning Russia from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after finding evidence of “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of doping procedures.


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