Russian President promoted “doping” Minister
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has been promoted to a new position, despite allegations of state-sponsored doping program while his time in office, which led to ban of Russian athletes at international competitions.
According to Russian state media, President Vladimir Putin had approved Mutko's promotion to deputy prime minister for sport, tourism and youth politics.
Mutko has in fact been promoted to a newly created role in a move possibly aimed at getting the controversial minister out of the international limelight prior to the 2018 World Cup.
Earlier this year World Anti-Doping Agency
(WADA) accused Mutko in ordering the cover-up of a failed drug test. As a result he was denied accreditation to the Rio Olympics in August.
Mutko's anti-doping adviser, Nataliya Zhelanova, and one of his deputies, Yuri Nagornykh, were suspended after a WADA report accused them of helping to orchestrate cover-ups of hundreds of drug tests.
Some Russian athletes were banned from competing at the Olympic Games in Rio, while all Russian competitors were banned from the Paralympic Games.