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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sports Deputies Sacked

MOSCOW -- Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin has removed two high-ranking sports officials from their jobs, a sports committee spokeswoman said Friday.

A government statement said Viktor Khotochkin, first deputy chairman of the State Physical Culture Committee, a ministry-rank organization that oversees sports, had been transferred to another job.

"At the moment Khotochkin is on official leave, but according to a government statement that we received, he has been transferred to another job," said Natalya Fedoseyeva, a committee press officer. "It is hard to say how many people have been affected by the new decree right now but at least one other deputy chairman, Pyotr Vinogradov, has been sent into retirement."