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Kremlin says Putin did not offer Isinbayeva to head Russian Olympic Committee

October 12, 2016, 13:30 UTC+3

The Kremlin spokesman says there are no candidates for the post of the Russian Olympic Committee president at the moment

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Yelena Isinbayeva

Yelena Isinbayeva

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MOSCOW, October 12. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has not offered two-time Olympic Champion Yelena Isinbayeva to head the country’s Olympic Committee, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.

"There are no candidates at the moment," Peskov said.

He denied media reports that Putin had discussed the Russian Olympic Committee with Isinbayeva.

Peskov said the appointment of the new president of the Russian Olympic Committee is "a matter of time."

When asked if the new head will be a manager or a lobbyist, Peskov said, "A good lobbyist is always a manager, while a good manager is always a lobbyist."

Current President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov on Tuesday announced plans to step down. Media reports said he could be replaced by Isinbayeva.

Reforms in sports

Peskov noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin did not speak about reforming the Ministry of Sports and creating new agencies in that sector.

"(In his speech at a session of the council for sports on October 11) the president said nothing and did not imply unification of agencies, merger of agencies or setting up any new agencies, or reformatting the ministry," Peskov said.

He said the president "meant the expedience of a package oversight (of sports, youth policy and tourism) at the level of prime minister in the Cabinet of Ministers". Peskov declined, however, "to forecast personal appointments" in the sports sector. "The president will be making appointments upon recommendations from the head of government," he reminded reporters.

"Sports, youth and tourism - these are very close spheres," Putin told a session of the Council on the Physical Development and Sport on Tuesday. "We believe that we should unite all of them in one sector and empower a certain Russian deputy prime minister to take charge of it."

"The government will come up with definite proposals, including on the staff composition, in the nearest future," Putin added.

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