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Topic - Vitaly Mutko
FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change."
Russian sports minister says the country will work to reduce racism among soccer fans ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
The hockey team wiped out by a plane crash last week will not take part in this year's Kontinental Hockey League season.
"So there's no sense in reacting to politicians trying to make names for themselves," Mutko was quoted saying by the Russian news agency R-Sport. "We're preparing in a calm way, building facilities, getting ready for the World Cup."
In a separate statement Friday, Mutko said a U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics had been a mistake.