Russian Deputy PM elected as Olympic head

09:28, May 21, 2010      

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov has been elected as the president of the Russian Olympic Committee on Thursday.

As the sole candidate officially nominated on April 6, Zhukov won the anonymous voting held on Thursday. His predecessor Leonid Tyagachev was elected honorary president of the committee.

Tyagachev resigned on March 23, due to Russia's poor performance at the Vancouver Winter Olympics with a disappointing 11th place in the overall medal table.

Zhukov, backed by the majority of political and sports leaders, suggested the Russian Olympic Committee map out a blueprint solving Russian athletes' doping issues.

The most important task for the committee right now was to boost the morale of Russian athletes while promoting achievements they have accomplished.

Under pressure for Russia's future sports performance, Zhukov also outlined the future development for the committee.

The 54-year-old Zhukov was in charge of culture, education and sports as a deputy prime minister of the Russian government.



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