MOSCOW, June 2 /TASS/. The recent elections of the FIFA president showed that Russia is a respected sport power, Russian Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko said at a meeting of the presidential Council for the development of physical culture and sport on Tuesday.
"I would like to note that we have regained our positions of the world sport leader and a respected and reputable sport power. The events that took place at FIFA last week showed that Russia had sufficient authority in sport and could influence events linked to development of sport," Mutko said.
"I would also like to note that the previous Council issued an instruction to increase the number of our representatives in international sport organizations. Today, we have 324 representatives of whom 57 occupy leading positions," the Russian sport minister added.