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Russian Olympic Committee President Zhukov Stepping Down

Russian Olympic Committee President Aleksandr Zhukov at a Russian fan event during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August

Russian Olympic Committee President Aleksandr Zhukov said on October 11 that he will be stepping down from his post.

Zhukov said he wants to focus on his position as deputy speaker of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament.

He said he will continue as a member of the International Olympic Committee, as well as head of the coordination commission for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

Zhukov said he did not know if Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, who recently was elected to be on the International Olympic Committee after running on a platform of reforming sport antidrug practices, would succeed him as president of the Russian committee.

Russian media reported Isinbayeva's interest in the post.

Zhukov became president in 2010 and leaves after the committee was disgraced for its part in a scandal involving state-sponsored doping, which led to the banning of more than 100 Russian athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

Based on reporting by AP, dpa, and TASS