October 19, 2016 / 2:30 PM / 3 years ago

Putin removes Mutko as sports minister, makes him deputy prime minister

Russian Deputy Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov attends the Football Build Expo International exhibition-conference dedicated to preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Nikolaev/Interpress

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to remove Vitaly Mutko as minister of sport, appointing him a deputy prime minister overseeing sports, tourism and youth policy instead, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

Putin said Pavel Kolobkov, Mutko’s deputy, would become the new sports minister.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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