Oleg Matytsin, the president of the International University Sports Federation (Fisu), was named Russia’s new sports minister in a government reshuffle yesterday.
The 55-year-old replaces former Olympic fencer Pavel Kolobkov, who joined the sports ministry in 2012 as deputy minister, and was promoted to replace Vitaly Mutko in 2016.
Matytsin will immediately have to focus on Russia’s efforts to fight a four-year ban from competing in, bidding for, or hosting major international sporting events. The World Anti-Doping Agency last month barred Russians from competing under their flag at events including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2022 Fifa World Cup, after it found a Moscow laboratory used by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency had provided it with doctored data.
Russia has appealed against the sanctions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Matytsin spoke to SportBusiness in 2016 about his role at Fisu and roadmap for the organisation.