Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko Defends Government Control Over Sport
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that Russia's success at the 2014 Sochi Olympics "proves that increased government control over sport is the most advantageous policy," according to R-SPORT. Mutko added that "doling out cash to the individual sporting federations clearly doesn't work." The Sochi Olympics and Paralympics "were wildly successful for Russia," which finished at the top of both medal tables for the first time in years with record medal hauls. Mutko: "I understand that this might seem excessive, where you take responsibility for everything, but look at the table, there's the result. If we had taken another route, it wouldn't have worked out like that" (R-SPORT, 4/15).