Vitaly Mutko, banned from all Olympic, still organising FIFA World Cup


Vitaly Mutko


  • Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has been
    banned from future Olympic Games.
  • But remains in position to organise the FIFA World Cup
    next summer.
  • Mutko was minister of sport during a period that saw
    more than a thousand Russian athletes implicated in a massive
    doping scandal.
  • A new report says Mutko bears responsibility for doping
    during that time.
  • But FIFA says the sanctions Mutko faces from the
    International Olympic Committee has no impact on its own

Disgraced Russian politician Vitaly Mutko has been banned from
participating in the administration of future Olympic games — but
will still organise next year’s Football World Cup.

Mutko, the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, served as minister of
sport from 2008 to 2016, and has been accused in a recent report
of helping orchestrate the mass doping of Russian athletes.

He “had the ultimate administrative responsibility” for doping
acts committed at during his tenure, according to a 17-month investigation
led by the former president of
Switzerland, Samuel Schmid

During Mutko’s tenure, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
says Russia was involved in
institutional doping

Between 2011 and 2015, more than 1,000 Russian athletes across a range of
sports benefited from a cover-up, according to a World
Anti-Doping Agency report.

This report led to calls for Russia to be banned from the 2016
Summer Olympics. The IOC rejected this, yet has now banned Mutko
from participating in all future Olympic Games.

Despite Mutko’s fall from grace, his position still gives him
influence in the running of the 2018 FIFA World Cup — the most
widely-viewed sporting event in the world.

BBC sports news correspondent Richard Conway noted the potential
discrepancy on Twitter.

He said: “Mutko is banned from watching Russia compete at
football in any future Olympics but he is eligible, according to
FIFA, of organising the World Cup next year.” [sic]

A FIFA statement said that Mutko’s sanctions had “no impact” on
the preparations for next year’s flagship football tournament.

It said: “When it comes to
potential disciplinary or ethical matters concerning specific
individuals, it will be up to the respective FIFA bodies to
evaluate them.

“Any information on specific disciplinary or ethical matters will
be communicated accordingly upon the respective committee’s

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