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

October 19, 2016 10:28 AM EDT

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko attends a meeting with Russian Olympic medallists returning home from the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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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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