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Former BCCI president Anurag Thakur has been named India's new Union Sports Minister, succeeding Kiren Rijiju.

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Thursday, 8th July 2021

With just over two weeks until the Tokyo Olympics, Anurag Thakur took over as the country's sports minister on Wednesday, replacing Kiren Rijiju.

After taking oath as a cabinet minister, the 46-year-old former Cricket Board President was given responsibility for sports as well as the Information and Broadcasting ministry.

Between May 2016 to February 2017, Thakur served as president of the BCCI. He previously served as the Board's secretary and as the president of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).

Before Wednesday's cabinet reshuffle, Thakur, a member of Parliament from HP's Hamirpur constituency, was minister of state for finance and corporate affairs under Nirmala Sitharaman.

His brother, Arun Dhumal, is the BCCI's treasurer at the moment.

Meanwhile, Rijiju has been appointed as the new Minister of Law and Justice.


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