Russian Olympic Chief to Step Down; Putin Hints at Other Changes

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Alexander Zhukov, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee since 2010, will step down two years before his term expires.

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President Vladimir V. Putin laid the groundwork this week for a possible shake-up of Russian sports leadership in the wake of a doping controversy that has implicated government officials.

At a state sports meeting in Kovrov, Russia, Mr. Putin outlined a broad strategy to redeem the country with global Olympic officials five months after the former director of Russia’s antidoping laboratory detailed an elaborate cheating scheme executed by the Russian state.

Mr. Putin announced that Alexander Zhukov, head of the Russian Olympic Committee since 2010, would step down two years before his term expired, to focus on a new role in the Russian parliament.

Before naming his successor, Mr. Putin said, the government would consult with the International Olympic Committee, which has established a disciplinary commission that is set to consider penalties for Russia ahead of the next Winter Games in…

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