Category: Sport

Russia’s senior boxing official Kremlev says may run for president of AIBA

Russia’s senior boxing official Kremlev says may run for president of AIBA

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Umar Kremlev, the secretary general of the Russian Boxing Federation (RBF), told TASS on Monday it was possible that he would run for the post of the president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). “I have thought about it,” Kremlev said. “I think it is possible that my candidacy will be submitted for the election.” The press service of AIBA reported last Friday that Uzbekistan’s Gafur Rakhimov had announced his resignation as the head of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). According to earlier media reports, African Boxing Confederation (AFBC) head Mohamed Moustahsane had been appointed the acting president of AIBA. “Moustahsane…

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Norway’s Lars Berger bows out of joining Russia’s biathlon team coaching staff

Norway’s Lars Berger bows out of joining Russia’s biathlon team coaching staff

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Norway’s former biathlete and cross country skier Lars Berger told TASS he was not interested at the moment joining the coaching staff with the Russian national biathlon team. President of the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) Vladimir Drachev, who is also the four-time world champion, stated on Sunday that Norway’s famous biathlon and cross country skier Berger may possibly join the coaching staff of the Russian national team of biathlon. “I had a nice breakfast talk with both Drachev and [Sergei] Chepikov [the Russian Olympic and World medalist in biathlon and cross country skiing] in Minsk,” Berger told TASS. “However, it is…

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Russia beats Kazakhstan 4:0 in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier

Russia beats Kazakhstan 4:0 in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier

Artyom Dzyuba © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS NUR-SULTAN, March 24./TASS/. The Russian national team has defeated Kazakhstan 4:0 in its second match of the UEFA Euro-2020 qualifiers in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. As many as 29,582 football fans attended the match. Denis Cheryshev scored two goals for Russia, and one more goal was scored by Artem Dzyuba. Kazakh Abzal Beisebekov scored an own goal. Russia lost 1:3 to Belgium in its first match of the UEFA Euro-2020 qualifiers in Brussels on March 21. In other media

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Russian figure skaters Sinitsina and Katsalapov win silver medal at World Championships

Russian figure skaters Sinitsina and Katsalapov win silver medal at World Championships

Nikita Katsalapov and Victoria Sinitsina © Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS SIATAMA / Japan /, March 23. / TASS /. Russians Viktoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov took second place at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan. The duo earned a total of 211.76 points for rhythmic and free dance. The French couple Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron (222.65) earned the gold medal with 222.65 points, updating the free skate record at 134.23 points, as well as for the total of the program. The bronze medal went to the Americans Madison Hubbel and Zachary Donohue (210.40). Russians Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin placed fourth (208.52). The World…

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Russian figure skating star Zagitova wins 2019 ISU World Championship in Saitama

Russian figure skating star Zagitova wins 2019 ISU World Championship in Saitama

SAITAMA, March 22. /TASS/. Russia’s famous figure skater Alina Zagitova won gold on Friday in ladies singles competition at the 2019 ISU World Championship, which is currently underway in Japan’s Saitama. The Russian figure skater scored 237.50 points on the aggregate after the short program and free skating. Kazakhstan’s Elizabet Tursynbaeva took the silver with the result of 224.76 points and the bronze went to Russia’s Yevgeniya Medvedeva (223.80 points). “I want to thank my coaches and everyone who helped me and my coaches for their support,” Zagitova told journalists after winning the World Championship’s gold. “My friends and relatives also rendered great support.” “I…

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Putin congratulates Zagitova on confident victory at World Championship

Putin congratulates Zagitova on confident victory at World Championship

MOSCOW, March 22. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated figure skating star Alina Zagitova on winning gold in ladies singles competition at the 2019 ISU World Championship in Japan’s Saitama on Friday. “You won a beautiful, highly-skilled and confident victory. You skated your program ‘in one breath,’ conquering millions of fans and spectators with your brilliant skill. Such triumphal achievements create sports glory of our country. Well done!” Putin said in a telegram published on the Kremlin website. Putin noted that Zagitova, who is strong in spirit and character and has a ‘make it happen’ mindset, is able to deal with the toughest and most…

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Zagitova says victory in Figure Skating Championships was her main goal for the season

Zagitova says victory in Figure Skating Championships was her main goal for the season

SAITAMA /Japan/, March 22. /TASS/. Russia’s 2018 Olympic champion figure skater Alina Zagitova said that the gold medal in the 2019 ISU Figure Skating Championships was her main goal for the current season, the athlete said at a news conference after the championships in Japan. On Friday, female figure skaters performed free programs at the world championships. Zagitova, who took the lead after the short program, showed the best result in the free program as well, winning the tournament with a 237.50 score. The Figure Skating Championships was the only tournament that the 16-year-old Russian, who has competed at the adult level for two years…

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Russia’s Zagitova wins World Figure Skating Championship in Japan

Russia’s Zagitova wins World Figure Skating Championship in Japan

Alina Zagitova © Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS SAITAMA, March 22. /TASS/. Russia’s Alina Zagitova won gold on Friday in ladies singles competition at the 2019 ISU World Championship, which is currently underway in Japan’s Saitama. The Russian figure skater scored 237.50 points on the aggregate after the short program and free skating. Kazakhstan’s Elizabet Tursynbaeva took the silver with the result of 224.76 points and the bronze went to Russia’s Yevgeniya Medvedeva (223.80 points). On Wednesday, the panel of jurors awarded Zagitova with 82.08 points for her short program. The next best result at the championship in Saitama was shown by Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto, who was awarded with…

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FIBA chief Andreas Zagklis: Over $22.7 mln reinvested in 2019 Basketball World Cup

FIBA chief Andreas Zagklis: Over $22.7 mln reinvested in 2019 Basketball World Cup

China is going to host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup between August 31 and September 15 following a five-year break. FIBA has come up with a number of innovations for this tournament as it decided to avoid holding the championship during the same year as the 2018 FIFA World Cup, introducing a two-year period for qualifying matches and last weekend it staged a draw ceremony in China’s Shenzhen, where tickets were sold out well in advance. In an interview with TASS correspondent Andrey Kartashov, FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis speaks about the preparations for the Basketball World Cup, the tournament’s financial details, as well as…

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Russia loses 1:3 to Belgium in UEFA Euro-2020 qualifiers

Russia loses 1:3 to Belgium in UEFA Euro-2020 qualifiers

BRUSSELS, March 22. /TASS/. Russia lost 1:3 to Belgium in its first match of the UEFA Euro-2020 qualifiers in Brussels. Denis Cheryshev scored for Russia 16 minutes into the game. Youri Tielemans (15’) and Eden Hazard (45’ on penalty, 88’) scored for Belgium. Russia’s central midfielder Aleksandr Golovin received the red card on the 90th minute. Another midfielder, Daler Kuzyaev, received an injury and was replaced on the 26th minute. Over 1,200 Russian fans travelled to Brussels to support the national team. “Friends, thank you for your great support,” the Russian national squad said in a Twitter message after the game. “The battle for a…

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Russia’s Andrei Arshavin named among 34 ambassadors for 2020 UEFA Euro Cup

Russia’s Andrei Arshavin named among 34 ambassadors for 2020 UEFA Euro Cup

MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. Russian national football team’s former forward Andrei Arshavin was named as one of 34 ambassadors from 12 European countries for the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup, the press service of the Union of European Football Associations announced on Thursday. Former player of the Russian national team Arshavin also played for Zenit St. Petersburg FC between 2000 and 2008 as well as in 2013-2015. He played a total of 376 matches with Zenit having scored 80 goals. In 2009-2013 Arshavin, who turns 38 in May, played 144 matches as part of London’s Arsenal FC having scored a total of 31 goals for the…

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Russian pair take silver at World Figure Skating Championships

Russian pair take silver at World Figure Skating Championships

© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS SAITAMA /Japan/, March 21. /TASS/. Russia’s figure skating pair Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov have taken silver in the pairs event at the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Japan’s Saitama, earning a total score of 228.47. The gold went to China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han (234.84), while another Russian pair, Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert, came third (217.98). The 2019 ISU (International Skating Union) will concluded on March 24. In other media

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Russian figure skater Zagitova leads after short program at World Championship in Japan

Russian figure skater Zagitova leads after short program at World Championship in Japan

SAITAMA /Japan/, March 20. /TASS/. Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova took the lead of ladies’ singles competition at the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championship in Japan’s Saitama after the short program performance on Wednesday. The panel of jurors awarded Zagitova with 82.08 points for her short program. The next best result at the championship in Saitama was shown by Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto, who was awarded with 76.86 points. Kazakhstan’s Elizabet Tursynbaeva was ranked third with 75.96 points. Zagitova, 16, is the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics gold medalist in singles and the silver medalist in team event. She is also the winner of the 2018 European…

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Rivalry on ice: Zagitova zooms into lead at world figure skating championship

Rivalry on ice: Zagitova zooms into lead at world figure skating championship

The 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships has kicked off in Saitama, Japan, opening with the women’s individual short program. Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova, an Olympic champ at the 2018 Games in Pyongyang, is in the lead with 82.08 points. Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto has skated into second place with 76.86 points, while Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan is currently holding third place with 75.96 points, and Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva has finished fourth with 74.23 points. In other media

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Yelena Anikina elected as president of Russian Bobsleigh Federation

Yelena Anikina elected as president of Russian Bobsleigh Federation

SOCHI, March 20. /TASS/. The Presidium of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation (RBF) elected on Wednesday at its extraordinary session in Moscow Yelena Anikina the new president of the federation. Former RBF President Alexander Zubkov is currently under a two-year suspension, which was imposed by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) earlier in the year. Anikina, 58, previously served as a member of the RBF Presidium and was appointed on January 22 the acting president of the national bobsleigh federation. Anikina’s two other competitors in the election for the RBF’s presidency were Andrei Pimashkov and Oleg Sokolov. Pimashkov, a businessman from the Siberian city of…

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Biathlon coach Pichler says satisfied with independent probe into Rodchenkov’s allegations

Biathlon coach Pichler says satisfied with independent probe into Rodchenkov’s allegations

MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. Biathlon coach Wolfgang Pichler of Germany told TASS on Tuesday he was satisfied with the way an independent commission of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) is investigating allegations made earlier by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov. The world’s governing body of biathlon reported in late January that a data from former coach of the Russian biathlon team Wolfgang Pichler on false evidence provided by WADA’s whistleblower Rodchenkov would be studied by an external commission, which works independently from the IBU. Asked by a TASS correspondent on Tuesday whether Pichler received any news or feedback from the commission, the German…

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RUSADA officers take doping samples of Russian footballers ahead of match with Belgium

RUSADA officers take doping samples of Russian footballers ahead of match with Belgium

© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko NOVOGORSK /Moscow Region/, March 19. /TASS/. Eight players from the Russian national football team were summoned on Tuesday morning to undergo doping tests, team’s doctor Eduard Bezuglov told journalists. The Russian national football team’s players gathered early this week for a training camp in the Moscow Region’s town of Novogorsk ahead of their two international fixtures on Thursday and Sunday. “A large group of inspectors from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency [RUSADA] arrived today at 8:45 a.m. [Moscow time],” Bezuglov said. “Eight players from the team were ordered to undergo doping tests.” “The doping tests included taking both blood and urine samples as…

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Russian football chief says national squad’s prime task is ‘to qualify for 2020 Euro Cup’

Russian football chief says national squad’s prime task is ‘to qualify for 2020 Euro Cup’

NOVOGORSK /Moscow Region/, March 19. /TASS/. The prime aim of the Russian national football team today is to qualify for the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup, Alexander Dyukov, the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), said on Tuesday. Players of the Russian national football team gathered early this week for a training camp in the Moscow Region’s town of Novogorsk ahead of their two international fixtures on Thursday and Sunday. “I have met the team and spoke with the players,” Dyukov told journalists. “The team is in high spirits and are in a serious tune for the upcoming matches.” “Everyone in the team understands how…

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Russian track and field athletics chief to meet with IAAF’s Andersen next week in Oslo

Russian track and field athletics chief to meet with IAAF’s Andersen next week in Oslo

MOSCOW, March 18. /TASS/. The next regular meeting between Dmitry Shlyakhtin, the president of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF), and Rune Andersen, the head of the IAAF Independent Taskforce Group, is scheduled to be held in Norway’s Oslo on March 27, RusAF spokeswoman Natalia Yukhareva told TASS on Monday. Yukhareva said that Jonathan Taylor, a legal counsel to the IAAF Taskforce Group, was expected to be in attendance as well during the talks next week between Shlyakhtin and Andersen. “The meeting is scheduled to focus on two issues, which are the signing of a legal document necessary for RusAF’s debt repayment to the IAAF and…

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US red tape over visa issuance forced Russia out of Youth Weightlifting World Championship

US red tape over visa issuance forced Russia out of Youth Weightlifting World Championship

MOSCOW, March 18. /TASS/. The Russian national team of young weightlifters missed the 2019 IWF Youth World Championships in the United States this month as they were unable to obtain American entry visas, Maxim Agapitov, the president of the Russian Weightlifting Federation (RWF), told TASS on Monday. The 2019 IWF Youth World Championships was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 8-15 and there were other national teams besides Russia unable to come to the United States due to problems with obtaining US entry visas, according to Agapitov. “The federation [RWF] started its work on the application of visa documents for the youth championship well…

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Russian Paralympic Committee needs repaying IPC over $706,000 for complete reinstatement

Russian Paralympic Committee needs repaying IPC over $706,000 for complete reinstatement

© AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin MOSCOW, March 15. /TASS/. The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) must pay out to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) the sum of 625,000 euros (almost $706,400) within a four-year period, including this year, in order to be completely reinstatement in its membership with the global organization, the IPC said in a statement on Friday. “After a 30 month-long suspension, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has conditionally reinstated the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) as a member,” the statement said. “In 2019, the RPC must pay the IPC EUR 250,000 as a contribution to the increased testing required in relation to Russian Para athletes under…

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Krasnodar out of UEFA Europa League after 1:1 draw with Valencia

Krasnodar out of UEFA Europa League after 1:1 draw with Valencia

© Valery Matytsin/TASS KRASNODAR, March 14. /TASS/. Russia’s FC Krasnodar tied 1:1 with Valencia in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday and did not make it into the next round of the tournament. The match, played at the Krasnodar Stadium in the eponymous southern Russian city, was attended by 35,074 spectators. The goals were scored by Krasnodar’s Magomed Suleymanov (85’) and Valencia’s Goncalo Guedes (93’). During the first round, held in Spain on March 7, Krasnodar lost 1:2 to Valencia. In other media

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Zenit out of UEFA Europa League after losing 1:2 to Villarreal

Zenit out of UEFA Europa League after losing 1:2 to Villarreal

Villarreal footballers © EPA-EFE/Domenech Castello VILLARREAL /Spain/, March 15. /TASS/. Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg lost 1:2 to Spain’s Villarreal in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League and failed to advance into the tournament’s next stage. The game was held at the Estadio de la Ceramica in Spain on Thursday night. The goals were scored by Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno (29’) and Carlos Bacca (47’). Branislav Ivanovic (90+1’) scored for Zenit. Zenit goalkeeper Andrei Lunev received an injury and was substituted on the 64th minute. In the first leg, Zenit lost 1:3 to Villarreal at home on March 7. In other media

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Russia’s anti-doping chief holds talks this week with international colleagues

Russia’s anti-doping chief holds talks this week with international colleagues

MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. Yury Ganus, the director general of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) held a number of bilateral talks with heads of the national anti-doping organizations this week, RUSADA’s press service announced on Thursday. Attending the annual session of the iNADO (Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations) in Switzerland’s Lausanne on March 11-12, Ganus delivered a report on the national agency’s work results in 2017 and 2018. During the session on Monday and Tuesday, the head of the Russian anti-doping agency held a number of bilateral meetings and consultations with international colleagues. “The meetings were very friendly and productive,” RUSADA’s press service stated. “Our…

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Russian racer Kvyat offers condolences over F1 Race Director Whiting’s sudden death

Russian racer Kvyat offers condolences over F1 Race Director Whiting’s sudden death

MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. FIA Formula One Race Director Charlie Whiting, who passed away on early Thursday in Australia’s Melbourne, has left a huge impact on the development of the world’s most prestigious auto race, Motorsport.com quoted as saying Russia’s F1 driver Daniil Kvyat. The press service of Formula One racing announced in the early hours of Thursday that “FIA Director of Formula One, Charlie Whiting, has sadly passed away this morning (14 March 2019), in Melbourne, aged 66, as the result of a pulmonary embolism, three days before the Australian Grand Prix which will open the F1 season.” Besides his numerous achievements and major…

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Russia’s anti-doping chief holds talks this week with international colleagues

Russia’s anti-doping chief holds talks this week with international colleagues

MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. Yury Ganus, the director general of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) held a number of bilateral talks with heads of the national anti-doping organizations this week, RUSADA’s press service announced on Thursday. Attending the annual session of the iNADO (Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations) in Switzerland’s Lausanne on March 11-12, Ganus delivered a report on the national agency’s work results in 2017 and 2018. During the session on Monday and Tuesday, the head of the Russian anti-doping agency held a number of bilateral meetings and consultations with international colleagues. “The meetings were very friendly and productive,” RUSADA’s press service stated. “Our…

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Russian teams take gold, silver at FIDE World Championships in Astana

Russian teams take gold, silver at FIDE World Championships in Astana

© Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. The Russian women’s team came in second at the World Team Chess Championships that was held in Astana, Kazakhstan. Ekaterina Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Aleksandra Goryachkina and Olga Girya represented Russia at the Championships. In the final round, the games between Russia and Georgia ended in a 2-2 draw. The Chinese team took first place with 18 points, clinching their victory on Wednesday, while the Russian team scored 14 points in the final standings to claim second place. Finally, the Georgian team finished third. The Women’s World Team Chess Championships have been held since 2007. The Russian team…

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Russian racer Kvyat offers condolences over F1 Race Director Whiting’s sudden death

Russian racer Kvyat offers condolences over F1 Race Director Whiting’s sudden death

MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. FIA Formula One Race Director Charlie Whiting, who passed away on early Thursday in Australia’s Melbourne, has left a huge impact on the development of the world’s most prestigious auto race, Motorsport.com quoted as saying Russia’s F1 driver Daniil Kvyat. The press service of Formula One racing announced in the early hours of Thursday that “FIA Director of Formula One, Charlie Whiting, has sadly passed away this morning (14 March 2019), in Melbourne, aged 66, as the result of a pulmonary embolism, three days before the Australian Grand Prix which will open the F1 season.” Besides his numerous achievements and major…

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Russian tennis star Sharapova gets wildcard for WTA tournament in Stuttgart next month

Russian tennis star Sharapova gets wildcard for WTA tournament in Stuttgart next month

MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has been green-lighted with a wildcard to enter the WTA (Women Tennis Association) tournament in Germany’s Stuttgart on April 22-28, the tournament’s press service announced on Thursday. Sharapova hit the tennis courts last time in January. In the opening round of the WTA tournament in Saint Petersburg on January 28, Sharapova defeated Daria Gavrilova of Australia and was then set to face her compatriot Daria Kasatkina in the next round. However, Sharapova withdrew from the tournament citing a shoulder injury. Announcing the stellar line-up for the 2019 tournament in Stuttgart, the WTA official website reported that…

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