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Russian Olympic chief Zhukov to resign - agencies

Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) chief Alexander Zhukov attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Files
Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) chief Alexander Zhukov attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Olympic chief Alexander Zhukov intends step down as head of the national Olympic Committee to focus on parliamentary work, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

"There is an understanding that Zhukov wants to focus on his parliamentary work," Interfax news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov a saying.

Zhukov is currently first vice speaker of the Russian parliament, or Duma, and a member of the International Olympic Committee.

(Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Christian Lowe)

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