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IOC president praises harmony of European Games

...bronze medal match in men's karate.Bach also had praise for Friday's opening ceremony, which was estimated by Sports Minister Azad Rahimov to have cost $95 million, more than twice the cost of London's Olympic ceremony in 2012. The show...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/olympics/2015-06-14/ioc-president-praises-ha
Bidding for 2026 World Cup on hold because of more turmoil

...former television journalist from France. "But don't say it is because of this $10 million."Valcke and Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also a FIFA executive committee member, repeated that the 2018 hosting victory was won cleanly...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2015-06-10/bidding-2026-world-c
Unsealed transcript from 2013 details FIFA corruption

...to finance a "Diaspora Legacy Programme" under the control of then CONCACAF President Jack Warner. South Africa Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula denies the money was a bribe and says it was an "aboveboard payment" to help soccer development in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2015-06-03/unsealed-transcript-
Embattled Sepp Blatter wins re-election as FIFA president

...did have one big ally in Europe - Russia, the site of the next World Cup."Russia staunchly supported Blatter," Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told The Associated Press, "so we are very satisfied with a result like this."

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2015-05-29/embattled-sepp-blatt
The U.S. government has launched a corruption attack on soccer's global governing body

...report was turned over to Swiss authorities in November, prompting Wednesday's raid on FIFA headquarters.Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also a FIFA executive committee member, told The Associated Press "we've got nothing to...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2015-05-27/us-government-has-la
Overtime

...urday during the final cross-country skiing stage of a women's 15-kilometer race. Igor Krasnov, a regional sports minister, told the Tass news agency that Yakimkina had been found to have a "serious heart defect" and that "she was clean...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2015-02-23/overtime
Overtime

...had one in the playoffs, against Vancouver.Chicago midfielder Harry Shipp was second in the voting.? Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the city of Kaliningrad could lose the right to host 2018 World Cup matches unless it resolves...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2014-11-24/overtime
FIFA-Russia relations hit snag

...World Cup project of 12 stadiums would be better with 10 met with a pushback Tuesday from Vitaly Mutko, Russia's sports minister and an elected member of FIFA's executive committee ? which is chaired by Blatter.FIFA said in a brief statement...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-08-19/fifa-russia-relation
FIFA has no plans to move 2018 World Cup from Russia

...FIFA President Sepp Blatter to watch the final at the Maracana Stadium, won by Germany.FIFA, which has Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on its executive committee, said a World Cup in the country "can be a force for good.""FIFA believes...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2014-07-25/fifa-has-no-plans-move-2018-world
Ukraine, Russia spar over fate of Crimean clubs

...federation wants justice and the absence of politics in football, both in Russia and in Crimea," he said.The RFU wants Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, a FIFA executive committee member, to lobby FIFA President Sepp Blatter on the issue, Stepashin said...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-08-01/ukraine-russia-spar-