Category: Sport

Russia’s Zagitova sets world record in short program at figure skating Grand Prix

Russia’s Zagitova sets world record in short program at figure skating Grand Prix

Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova © Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova has set the world record in the short program at the Moscow stage of the ISU (International Skating Union) Grand Prix. She earned 80.78 points. Zagitova, a gold medalist of the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang, beat her own record of 79.93 points set at the pre-season tournament in Germany’s Oberstdorf on Septmeber 27. Another Russian figure skater, Sofia Samodurova, is in the second place with 67.40 points, followed by Switzerland’s Alexia Paganini with 63.43 points. Figure skaters will perform their free skating programs in women’s singles…

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Winter Universiade 2019 flame arrives in Yekaterinburg

Winter Universiade 2019 flame arrives in Yekaterinburg

YEKETERINBURG, November 16. /TASS/. The Winter Universiade 2019 flame has arrived at the Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg, a TASS correspondent said. “I feel very proud and grateful for the honor to carry this sacred flame. It proves that Yekaterinburg is one of the world’s recognized capitals of student sports, and the Ural Federal University is the center for training athletes. It is no coincidence that the Olympic champions, including Sergei Chepikov, Anton Shipulin, Pavel Datsyuk, and many others, graduated from here. It is an honor for us to receive the flame,” University Rector Victor Koksharov told the audience attending the ceremony. The torch relay…

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Team Russia beats Canada to win junior Super Series for first time since 2014

Team Russia beats Canada to win junior Super Series for first time since 2014

Russian men’s national junior ice hockey team © Elena Rusko/TASS MOSCOW, 16 November. /TASS/. The Russian men’s national junior ice hockey team (players under the age of 20) has won a Super Series tournament for the first time since 2014, defeating the Canadian league teams with a final score of 4-2. The Russian team, led by head coach Valery Bragin, won in overtime to beat Team Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) 3-2. Stepan Starkov (41), Dmitry Zavgorodny (60) and Savely Olshansky (62, in overtime) scored goals for the Russian squad, while Team Quebec got their goals from Antoine Morand (9) and Noah Dobson (49). Starkov…

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Russian footballers pass more than 2,500 doping tests over 2 years

Russian footballers pass more than 2,500 doping tests over 2 years

© Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Russian footballers have passed more than 2,500 doping tests in the past two years (2017 and 2018) and only one sample has tested positive for banned substances, Member of the Medical Committee of the Russian Football Union (RFU) Konstantin Modenov said on Friday. “The measures that have been taken have enabled the Russian Football Union in 2017 and 2018 to avoid even the slightest problems with the anti-doping bodies,” he said at an annual conference, “Anti-Doping Provision in Sports Federations: Challenges and Possibilities.” “Of the entire amount of samples taken from Russian footballers in this period, and there were…

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Germany defeats Russia 3:0 in football friendly

Germany defeats Russia 3:0 in football friendly

Russia’s goalkeeper Andrei Lunev concedes a goal in a football friendly between the national men’s football teams of Germany and Russia © Sergei Bobylev/TASS LEIPZIG /Germany/, November 16. /TASS/. Russia’s national football team lost 0:3 to Germany in a friendly match that took place in Leipzig on Thursday night. A total of 35,388 spectators gathered to watch the game. The goals were scored by Leroy Sane (8’), Niklas Sule (25′) and Serge Gnabry (40′). The game was briefly suspended on the 89th minute as a fan ran onto the field. Russia’s national football team have played against Germany six times so far, but could not win…

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English Premier League to introduce VAR from next season

English Premier League to introduce VAR from next season

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. The Video Assistance Referee (VAR) system will be introduced in the English Premier League starting from 2019/20 season, the league’s press service said on Thursday. The Premier League clubs voted to introduce VAR at a meeting earlier in the day. The International Football Association Board (IFAB), which oversees changes of regulations in the sport of football, approved the use of Video Assistance Referee systems in 2016. The system was used in a testing mode for a period of two years in a number of national football championships, as well as during the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, the 2017…

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Russia to host its first-ever Volleyball World Championship in 2022

Russia to host its first-ever Volleyball World Championship in 2022

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. Russia will for the first time ever become the host nation for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in 2022, the All-Russian Volleyball Federation’s press service announced on Thursday. The host nation for the 2022 championship was selected during the congress of FIVB, the international governing body for all forms of volleyball. The exact date of the future event, as well as host cities, will be chosen during the organization’s administrative council meeting due in mid-February 2019. “The [FIVB] administrative council selected Russia by a majority of votes. Just recently, FIVB President Ary Graca announced the decision, and Russia was granted…

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IBU presents criteria for reinstatement of Russian Biathlon Union

IBU presents criteria for reinstatement of Russian Biathlon Union

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has set out 12 criteria for the reinstatement of the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU), the IBU said in a statement. On Thursday, Moscow hosted a meeting between officials from the RBU, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and an IBU delegation led by the Union’s President Olle Dahlin. The delegation disclosed “the conditions which the RBU must satisfy in order to be reinstated as a full member.” “The twelve criteria, set out by the IBU Executive Board, comprise: the future testing program of Russian biathletes, the reimbursement of costs, setting up a…

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Austrian Ski Association invites Putin to World Ski Championships in Seefeld

Austrian Ski Association invites Putin to World Ski Championships in Seefeld

VIENNA, November 15. /TASS/. The Austrian Ski Association has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld next year, association’s Secretary General Klaus Leistner told TASS on Thursday. “On behalf of the Austrian Ski Association, our president Peter Schrocksnadel has invited President Vladimir Putin to visit the competition in Seefeld if possible. During his recent trip to Moscow, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz handed over the invitation to Vladimir Putin,” Leistner said, adding that the Austrian Ski Association will be the organizer of the championships due between February 19 and March 3 of 2019. “We hope the working schedule…

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2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia raises bar for Qatar, says culture minister

2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia raises bar for Qatar, says culture minister

ST. PETERSBURG, November 15. /TASS/. The 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia has raised the bar for Qatar, which is set to hold the next global football event in 2022, Qatar’s Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali stated during the press conference “Qatar – Guest Country” within the framework of the seventh St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. “Russian World Cup was an amazing event. In Qatar, we have promised the world that we will deliver an amazing World Cup. The Russians made it much difficult for us now – they have raised the bar,” the minister said, adding that the…

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Three-member delegation’s visit to Moscow to be brief, says WADA president

Three-member delegation’s visit to Moscow to be brief, says WADA president

BAKU, November 15. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will send a three-member delegation to Moscow in late November, while a five-member team will visit the country later, WADA President Sir Craig Reedie told TASS on Thursday. “We will send a team of three. They will visit [the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory] with the Russian authorities,” he said. Earlier on Thursday, Reedie said at the Agency’s Foundation Board Meeting in Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku that a WADA delegation would visit the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory on November 28. “We think it can be done comfortably within two and a half days. This is not that difficult actually,”…

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Russian sports minister confirms WADA’s access to Moscow labs

Russian sports minister confirms WADA’s access to Moscow labs

© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov confirmed that experts of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will be granted access to the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, Kolobkov informed TASS. Earlier, WADA President Craig Reedie stated that WADA experts would arrive in Moscow on November 28 to visit the anti-doping laboratory. “The Russian Ministry of Sport continues to actively cooperate with WADA and the Russian Investigative Committee, we control the implementation of all agreements reached earlier. All necessary procedures are held with direct participation of the Ministry of Sport and in coordination with the Investigative Committee. It was announced today that WADA…

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WADA to reform governance structure

WADA to reform governance structure

WADA President Craig Reedie © Mikhail Japaridze/TASS BAKU, November 15. /TASS/. The Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has agreed to reform the organization’s management structure, in order to make its work more independent and transparent. The Board has approved its intent to begin the restructuring at a meeting in Baku on Thursday. A special-purpose commission has been working on proposals regarding WADA’s management restructuring for the last two years. According to the announced recommendation, the procedure of forming the agency’s executive committee will be altered. It will still comprise six representatives of the sports community and states plus two more independent persons. Meanwhile,…

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WADA delegation to visit Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory on November 28

WADA delegation to visit Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory on November 28

© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko BAKU, November 15. /TASS/. A delegation from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will visit the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory on November 28, WADA President Sir Craig Reedie said at the Agency’s Foundation Board Meeting in Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku. On September 20, the WADA Executive Committee decided to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) at a meeting in the Seychelles. RUSADA was reinstated on condition that WADA would be granted access to the Moscow laboratory, which was sealed for a federal investigation. WADA also expects Russia to provide all suspicious samples from the laboratory for retesting until June 30, 2019. “A delegation from…

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Friendly against Germany a matter of image for Russia’s national squad — head coach

Friendly against Germany a matter of image for Russia’s national squad — head coach

LEIPZIG, November 14. /TASS/. A friendly match against the national team of Germany will be a matter of image for the Russian national squad, Stanislav Cherchesov, the Russian team’s head coach, said at a news conference on Wednesday. The two teams clash at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena at 8.45 p.m. Berlin time on Thursday. “It is clear that the control match against the national team of Germany is somehow a matter of image. After the FIFA World Cup we will be facing a top team and it is important,” Cherchesov said. “An UEFA Nations League match against Sweden is a tournament match to gain points.…

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Brazilian MMA fighter Silva to face Russian rival Shtyrkov on December 15

Brazilian MMA fighter Silva to face Russian rival Shtyrkov on December 15

MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/. Brazilian MMA fighter Thiago Silva will face his Russian counterpart Ivan Shtyrkov on December 15 during the RCC tournament in Yekaterinburg, the organizers of the fight informed TASS. During his career, Silva has participated in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as well as the ACB, KSW and WFCA organizations. The 36-year-old fighter has achieved 21 wins and seven losses, while two of his fights were deemed unconcluded. Shtyrkov boasts 14 wins and zero losses. Russian fighters Alexander Emelianenko, Alexander Shlemenko and Denis Goltsov will also participate in the RCC tournament on December 15. In other media

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WADA presidential election to take place on November 7, 2019 in Poland

WADA presidential election to take place on November 7, 2019 in Poland

BAKU, November 14. /TASS corr. Artyom Kuznetsov/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) presidential election is set to take place on November 7, 2019 in the Polish city of Katowice. The date and location of the WADA Foundation Board Meeting, during which the election will be held, were agreed during Wednesday’s session of the WADA Executive Committee in Baku. Current WADA President Craig Reedie, who has been heading the organization since 2013, will leave his post after the expiration of his term of office. According to the rules of the organization, the next head of WADA must be a state official, as Reedie represented the sports…

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WADA warns of halting doping tests in Russia unless it gets access to Moscow lab — source

WADA warns of halting doping tests in Russia unless it gets access to Moscow lab — source

© AP Photo/Felipe Dana MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will rule out the possibility for athletes to undergo doping control tests in Russia, unless it is granted access within its designated period to data of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, a source in the World Anti-Doping Agency told TASS on Wednesday. The WADA Executive Committee announced on September 20 that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was again in compliance with the Code of the global agency and its membership was reinstated. The world’s anti-doping body, however, came up with two more conditions for the Russian anti-doping agency. One of them requests that WADA…

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Russian football team arrives in Leipzig for friendly against Germany

Russian football team arrives in Leipzig for friendly against Germany

LEIPZIG /Germany/, November 13. /TASS/. A plane carrying Russian footballers, who will face Germany in a friendly match on Thursday, landed in the German city of Leipzig on Tuesday evening, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene. The game will take place at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena on November 15. President of the German Football Association Reinhard Grindel earlier said that more than 30,000 were sold for the upcoming match. Russia’s national football team have played against Germany five times so far: in September 1994, in Moscow, it lost a friendly match 0:1, while in June 1996 it lost 0:3 to Germany in the UEFA…

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Krasnodar’s Ari invited to join national squad to replace injured Dzyuba

Krasnodar’s Ari invited to join national squad to replace injured Dzyuba

© Vyacheslav Evdokimov/Zenit FC/TASS NOVOGORSK, November 12. /TASS/. FC Krasnodar’s striker Ari (Brazil-born Ariclenes da Silva Ferreira) has been invited to join Russia’s national football squad to replace injured Artyom Dzyuba, chief coach Stanislav Cherchesov told the media on Monday. Russia’s national team gathered in Novogorsk, near Moscow, on Monday for several days of training ahead of Nations League matches with Germany and Sweden due later this month. Russia’s captain, Artyom Dzyuba, is absent due to injury. Krasnodar’s striker was summoned to replace him for a while. Ari was granted Russian citizenship late last July. “We talked with Ari by telephone yesterday. I was the first…

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Russia’s Fedorova recognized as Best Women’s Player in 2018

Russia’s Fedorova recognized as Best Women’s Player in 2018

MOSCOW, November 11. /TASS/. Russia’s Marina Fedorova won the award of the Best Women’s Player in beach soccer, Beach Soccer Worldwide tweeted on Sunday. The award ceremony was staged in Dubai. Fedorova was on board of the Russian team winning the first European Cup in its history in 2018. In other media

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Russian ice hockey team won Karjala Tournament ahead of schedule

Russian ice hockey team won Karjala Tournament ahead of schedule

© The Ice Hockey Federation of Russia HELSINKI, November 11. /TASS/. The Russian ice hockey team has become early winner of the Karjala Tournament after the Czech team was defeated by Finland with the 0:3 score. The Russian team won the game with Sweden with the score of 4:1 earlier on Saturday and is the tournament leader with 6 points after two tours. Finland is the second with 3 points. The Swedish team is third with 3 points. The result of the match between the teams is the first indicator for places in the tournament bracket if the teams have an equal number of points. Russia…

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Krasnoyarsk 2019 Universiade Torch Relay passes through Kazan

Krasnoyarsk 2019 Universiade Torch Relay passes through Kazan

KAZAN, November 10. /TASS/. The capital of Tatarstan Kazan participated on Saturday in the Torch Relay for 2019 Universiade, which will be held in 2019 in Krasnoyarsk. “We are participating in the torch relay, the 29th Winter Universiade will be held in Krasnoyarsk. Tatarstan participated in the application process, we are taking part in the preparations for this event,” Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov said. The 2019 Universiade torch relay has begun on September 20 in the Italian city of Turin. The event organizers informed TASS that during the ceremony, they lit a flame, which will be delivered to Krasnoyarsk for the 2019 Winter Universiade. The…

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Russia is interested in hosting the World Martial Arts Games again, says minister

Russia is interested in hosting the World Martial Arts Games again, says minister

MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. Russia is interested in hosting the World Martial Arts Games again, Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said as quoted by his ministry’s press service. On Friday, Kolobkov held a meeting with managing director of the SportAccord international convention Nis Hatta. During the conversation, Kolobkov and Hatta discussed the prospects for holding competitions under the auspices of SportAccord in Russia, in particular the World Martial Arts Games. “Russia has been successfully cooperating with SportAccord for many years. We received the organization’s convention twice: in 2013 it was held in St. Petersburg, and in 2015 in Sochi. Holding the World Martial Arts Games in…

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Russia’s track and field athletics federation must pay out debt of $2.76 mln to IAAF

Russia’s track and field athletics federation must pay out debt of $2.76 mln to IAAF

© AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. The All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) must pay out a debt of $2.76 million to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), ARAF President Dmitry Shlyakhtin said on Friday. “The exact sum of ARAF’s debt to IAAF stands at $2.76 million,” Shlyakhtin told journalists. “I have asked the IAAF Taskforce Group to give us half a year to repay the debt and they are thinking about it now.” “We will begin holding direct talks on this issue with their financial experts starting on Monday,” Shlyakhtin added. In 2015, the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission carried out an investigation…

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Zabolotny saves Zenit St. Petersburg from first defeat in UEFA Europa League

Zabolotny saves Zenit St. Petersburg from first defeat in UEFA Europa League

©  EPA-EFE/ANATOLY MALTSEV MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg tied 1:1 with France’s Bordeaux on Thursday night during the UEFA Europa League group stage game on Thursday night. The goals were scored by Zenit’s Anton Zabolotny (72) and Francois Kamano (35, on penalty). Zenit has already played for games as part of the UEFA Europa League group stage – two victories and two draws. It currently holds the top spot in Group C with eight points, followed by Slavia Praha (7 points), Kobenhavn (5 points) and Bordeaux (1 point). Another Group C game on Thursday, between Slavia Praha and Kobenhavn, ended in a…

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Spartak defeats Rangers 4:3, clinches its first UEFA Europa League victory this season

Spartak defeats Rangers 4:3, clinches its first UEFA Europa League victory this season

Spartak footballers © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, November 8. /TASS/. Russia’s Spartak Moscow defeated Glasgow Rangers 4:3, clinching its first victory in the UEFA Europa League group stage during this season. During the game, the Moscow club found itself on the losing side three times, but managed to recover. The goals were scored by Lorenzo Melgarejo (22’), Luiz Adriano (58’) and Sofiane Hanni (59) for Spartak; and by Daniel Candeias (27’) and Glenn Middleton (41’) for Glasgow Rangers. Besides, Roman Eremenko of Spartak and Connor Goldson of Glasgow Rangers scored own goals. The game was interrupted on the 35th minute due to use of pyrotechnics at the stadium.…

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New themed train launched in Moscow metro ahead of Winter Universiade

New themed train launched in Moscow metro ahead of Winter Universiade

MOSCOW, November 8. /TASS/. A ceremony to launch a new themed train on the Moscow metro, this time showcasing the upcoming Winter Universiade due in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk in 2019, took place on Thursday, TASS reports from the site. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov, Vice-President of Nornickel (nickel and palladium mining and smelting company) Vladislav Gasumyanov, Moscow metro chief Viktor Kozlovsky, head of the 2019 Winter Universiade directorate Maxim Urazov as well as the producer of the Universiade’s opening and closing ceremonies, ice dancer Ilya Averbukh. “Inside the train carriages are unusual facts about…

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Russia’s Krasnodar defeats Standard Liege in UEFA Europa League

Russia’s Krasnodar defeats Standard Liege in UEFA Europa League

Krasnodar footballers © Valery Matytsin/TASS MOSCOW, November 8. /TASS/. Russia’s Krasnodar FC defeated Belgium’s Standard Liege 2:1 in UEFA Europa League Group J match on Thursday night. Standard’s Mehdi Carcela opened the score 19 minutes into the game. Krasnodar responded with two goals – by Magomed Suleymanov (79’) and Wanderson Maciel Sousa Campos (82’). It was Krasnodar’s third victory in Group J. During the next round, due on November 29, Krasnodar will face Turkey’s Akhisar and Standard will take on Spain’s Sevilla. In other media

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Russia to tap World Cup expertise to ensure safety at Winter Universiade, says FSB chief

Russia to tap World Cup expertise to ensure safety at Winter Universiade, says FSB chief

MOSCOW, November 8. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) will draw on the expertise from this past summer’s FIFA World Cup to guarantee safety during the Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, which is scheduled to take place in March 2019, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov told reporters after the 17th Meeting of Heads of Special Services, Security and Law Enforcement Agencies from FSB partner states. “Of course, we will continue to use the acquired expertise to also attract our partners’ capabilities for the upcoming competitions, which we’ll be hosting next year, primarily the Universiade,” Bortnikov specified. According to him, efforts at guaranteeing safety at sports events and…

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