Category: Sport

Putin declares 2019 Winter Universiade open in Krasnoyarsk

Putin declares 2019 Winter Universiade open in Krasnoyarsk

KRASNOYARSK, March 2. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the Winter Universiade open in the east Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Saturday. “I congratulate you on the start of competitions and wish you luck, and wonderful, stunning and bright victories,” Putin said at the opening ceremony. “I declare the 29th Winter Universiade open,” he said. The Russian leader greeted the athletes and fans on Krasnoyarsk soil. “Today, a worldwide festival of student sport, a festival of youth and friendship and of hard and fair play came to Krasnoyarsk, to the banks of our great Siberian river of Yenisei,” Putin said adding that thousands of athletes…

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Russia files 204 neutral-status applications with IAAF for track and field athletes

Russia files 204 neutral-status applications with IAAF for track and field athletes

MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. The All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) has received 231 applications from national athletes requesting to grant them a neutral status, of which 204 have been sent to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), RusAF spokeswoman Natalia Yukhareva told TASS on Friday. The IAAF Doping Review Board approved on December 18, 2018 an updated version of the Guidance Note for Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA) status applications and sent the document to the RusAF. The RusAF started accepting neutral status applications from national track and field athletes on December 19. The Russian governing body of track and field athletics announced last month that…

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Russian female ice hockey squad begins 2019 Universiade with 10-0 win over Switzerland

Russian female ice hockey squad begins 2019 Universiade with 10-0 win over Switzerland

KRASNOYARSK, March 1. /TASS/. Russia’s national women ice hockey team confidently defeated on Friday the Swiss squad 10:0 in their opening match at the 2019 Winter Universiade in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk. The goals were scored by Nina Pirogova (2nd; 33rd and 58th minutes); Viktoria Kulishova (3rd minute); Yekaterina Nikolayeva (14th minute); Landysh Falyakhova (20th; 25th minutes); Yelena Provorova (26th minute); Fanuza Kadirova (27th minute) and Oksana Bratishcheva (35th minute). In other matches earlier in the day, the United States was edged out 1:2 by Japan and Canada roamed past China 10:0. The Russian women’s team is set to play its next match on March 3 against…

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Alcohol-free doping samples: RUSADA bans Russian athletes from drinking beer during tests

Alcohol-free doping samples: RUSADA bans Russian athletes from drinking beer during tests

© AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has prohibited national athletes from drinking beer and other soft-alcoholic beverages to speed up the process of urination during doping test procedures, RUSADA Deputy Director General Margarita Pakhnotskaya told TASS on Friday. Athletes’ bodies are usually dehydrated after crossing the finish line and some of them use beer or other soft-alcoholic drinks as a diuretic agent to accelerate the process of collecting urine doping samples. “Maintaining a firm stance on clean and healthy sports, we cannot brush something aside like a ban on the consumption of alcohol during doping test procedures,” Pakhnotskaya…

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Russian snowboarder Loginov to be national team’s flagbearer at 2019 Universiade opening

Russian snowboarder Loginov to be national team’s flagbearer at 2019 Universiade opening

KRASNOYARSK, February 28. /TASS/. Russia’s two-time world champion in snowboarding Dmitry Loginov will be the flagbearer of the national team at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Winter Universiade, which boosts off this weekend in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk, Russian Students Sport Union (RSSU) President Sergey Seyranov told TASS on Thursday. Last Friday, the Russian Sports Ministry announced that the national team’s roster for the 2019 Universiade in Krasnoyarsk lists 296 athletes, including Loginov, Sofia Prosvirnova (Europe’s five-time champion in short track speed skating) and Maxim Kovtun (Russia’s four-time figure skating champion). At the 2019 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships in the United States earlier…

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At least 19 doping control staff to serve at 2019 Winter Universiade in Russia

At least 19 doping control staff to serve at 2019 Winter Universiade in Russia

KRASNOYARSK, February 28. /TASS/. At least 19 doping control staff will be on duty during the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade, which kicks off this weekend in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk, the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) announced to TASS on Thursday. On January 16, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) signed an agreement with the ITA on cooperation in the sphere of doping control at the 2019 Winter Universiade. Asked by a TASS correspondent about the number of doping officers to be involved at the 2019 Universiade, the ITA press service replied “Number of employees: 3 ITA employees, plus 16 Doping Control Officers.” The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC)…

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FIFA’s Samoura: Football fans to appreciate ‘compact nature’ of 2022 World Cup in Qatar

FIFA’s Samoura: Football fans to appreciate ‘compact nature’ of 2022 World Cup in Qatar

MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Football fans will duly appreciate the compact nature of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura told TASS. Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 21 and December 18 at seven venues across the country, namely in Doha, Lusail, Al-Wakrah, Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Umm Salal and Madinat ash Shamal. “The compact nature of the World Cup in Qatar will make it something exceptional for the fans,” Samoura, who paid a visit to Moscow this week, said in an interview with TASS. “It’s going to be a great fun experience because of the…

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Qatar to commission all stadiums two years ahead of 2022 World Cup

Qatar to commission all stadiums two years ahead of 2022 World Cup

MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS, Mikhail Lichkov/. All stadiums for 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar are expected to be commissioned two years prior to the kick off of the international football championship, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura told TASS. Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 21 and December 18 at seven venues across the country, namely in Doha, Lusail, Al-Wakrah, Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Umm Salal and Madinat ash Shamal. “Qatar will be the first country in the history of the World Cups that will have all stadiums ready in minimum two years before the World Cup,” Samoura said in an…

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Russian cross-country skier Vylegzhanin: World Cup’s Oslo stage to be last in my career

Russian cross-country skier Vylegzhanin: World Cup’s Oslo stage to be last in my career

SEEFELD /Austria/, February 27. /TASS/. Russian Olympic medalist in cross-country skiing Maxim Vylegzhanin told journalists on Wednesday he planned to wrap up with sports career next month after the 2018-2019 FIS Cross-Country World Cup’s stage in Norway’s Oslo. Vylegzhanin, who is the 2015 world champion and three-time silver medalist of the 2014 Winter Olympics, announced this decision at the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, hosted by Austria’s Seefeld between February 20 and March 3. “I am planning to race at the World Cup in Oslo, which will be the last one in my career,” the 36-year-old cross country skier said. Vylegzhanin showed 33rd result…

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FIFA to roll out results on possible increase of teams for 2022 World Cup on March 15

FIFA to roll out results on possible increase of teams for 2022 World Cup on March 15

MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS, Mikhail Lichkov/. The world’s governing football body, FIFA, is set to sum up the results of an assessment next month on the possibility of expanding the number of participating teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura told TASS on Wednesday. Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 21 and December 18 at seven venues across the country, namely in Doha, Lusail, Al-Wakrah, Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Umm Salal and Madinat ash Shamal. “To expand the World Cup from 32 to 48-team you need more than 8 stadiums,” Samoura,…

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FIFA to allocate over $60 million for 2018 World Cup heritage program in Russia

FIFA to allocate over $60 million for 2018 World Cup heritage program in Russia

MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. The world’s governing football body, FIFA, is set to allocate at least $60 million for the 2018 World Cup heritage program in Russia, Arkady Dvorkovich, the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Russia-2018, said on Wednesday. The Monitoring Council of the Russia-2018 LOC gathered for its last session in Moscow on Wednesday. “FIFA is set to allocate at least $60 million for the heritage program,” Dvorkovich told journalists after the session. “The sum will be channeled for the support of the development of youth and women football and the [2018 World Cup] infrastructure maintenance.” “The heritage program is under discussions…

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Russia spent some $10.6 billion to organize 2018 FIFA World Cup

Russia spent some $10.6 billion to organize 2018 FIFA World Cup

© Mikhail Japaridze/TASS MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. Russia spent about 700 billion rubles ($10.6 billion) to organize the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Arkady Dvorkovich, the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Russia-2018, said on Wednesday. The Monitoring Council of the Russia-2018 LOC gathered for its last session in Moscow on Wednesday. “A sum of about 700 billion rubles was spent on the organization of the world championship,” Dvorkovich told journalists after the session. “The larger part of this sum was allocated from the federal budget.” Last summer Russia hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a remarkable opening show at…

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Ticket prices for UFC showdown in Russia’s St. Petersburg to range between $45 and $380

Ticket prices for UFC showdown in Russia’s St. Petersburg to range between $45 and $380

© AP Photo/Gregory Payan MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. Ticket prices for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) tournament in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg on April 20 will range between 3,000 and 25,000 rubles ($45-380), UFC Vice President Andrei Gromovsky said on Wednesday. “The lowest price for the tickets stands at 3,000 rubles while the highest reaches 25,000,” Gromovsky told journalists. UFC official website announced last Friday that the famous mixed fighting tournament comes to Russia’s St. Petersburg for the first time and will be held at the Yubileiny Sports Complex, which has an over 7,000-seat capacity, and ticket sales will be launched on March…

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Russia makes it into top 10 of FIBA World Ranking Men

Russia makes it into top 10 of FIBA World Ranking Men

© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. Russian national basketball team’s recent victory over Finland on Sunday promoted it to tenth place in the FIBA World Ranking Men, which serves as the basis to determine the seeds and pots for the draw of the upcoming World Cup, the world’s governing body for basketball said on Tuesday. With 525.29 points and the tenth place in the ranking, Russia is to be placed in pot 2 for the draw first-ever 32-team World Cup, to be held in China between August 31 and September 15. The drawing ceremony will take place in China’s Shenzhen on March 16. The top…

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Nornickel’s volunteers go to Krasnoyarsk to work at Universiade

Nornickel’s volunteers go to Krasnoyarsk to work at Universiade

KRASNOYARSK, February 25. /TASS/. The first group of Nornickel’s volunteers went from Norilsk to Krasnoyarsk to work there at the Winter Universiade, the company said in on Monday. The event is scheduled for March 2-12, 2019. Nornickel is the Universiade’s general partner. “The first group of 36 volunteers has left for Krasnoyarsk’s Yemelyanovo airport on February 25,” the company said. At first, the volunteers will receive initial instructions, will see the venues, and on February 28 they will attend the dress rehearsal of the Games’ opening ceremony. The total of 110 volunteers from Norilsk, including Nornickel’s employees, will go to Krasnoyarsk. The youngest volunteer, who…

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Russia may gather for training camp in Far East ahead of 2019 FIBA World Cup in China

Russia may gather for training camp in Far East ahead of 2019 FIBA World Cup in China

PERM, February 25. /TASS/. The Russian national basketball team is most likely to gather for its training camp in Russia’s Far East ahead of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and play friendly matches there as well, Andrei Kirilenko, the president of the Russian Basketball Federation (RBF), told TASS. “The World Cup is hosted by China and this is why we consider organizing a training camp and playing friendly matches in the Far East, so that the team can get used to the local climate and the region,” Kirilenko said in an interview with TASS. Playing at home against Finland on Sunday night in the…

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Cuban-born volleyball player Camejo files papers with FIVB for Russian sports citizenship

Cuban-born volleyball player Camejo files papers with FIVB for Russian sports citizenship

Oreol Camejo © AP Photo/Rene Tillmann MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. Cuba-born volleyball player Oreol Camejo has filed documents with the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) requesting the change of his sports citizenship from Cuban to Russian, Alexander Yaremenko, the secretary general of the Russian Volleyball Federation (RVF), told TASS on Monday. “Camejo has submitted documents requesting the change of the sports citizenship and we (RVF) have also filed papers to back up his request,” Yaremenko said in an interview with TASS. “This issue will be dealt with at the FIVB Board of Administration meeting in March,” the RVF president said. Sergei Shlyapnikov, the former head coach of…

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Cuba-born volleyball player Camejo files papers with FIVB for Russian sports citizenship

Cuba-born volleyball player Camejo files papers with FIVB for Russian sports citizenship

Oreol Camejo © AP Photo/Rene Tillmann MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. Cuba-born volleyball player Oreol Camejo has filed documents with the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) requesting the change of his sports citizenship from Cuban to Russian, Alexander Yaremenko, the secretary general of the Russian Volleyball Federation (RVF), told TASS on Monday. “Camejo has submitted documents requesting the change of the sports citizenship and we (RVF) have also filed papers to back up his request,” Yaremenko said in an interview with TASS. “This issue will be dealt with at the FIVB Board of Administration meeting in March,” the RVF president said. Sergei Shlyapnikov, the former head coach of…

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Basketball Federation chief: Russia-Finland Basketball World Cup game was ‘nailbiter’

Basketball Federation chief: Russia-Finland Basketball World Cup game was ‘nailbiter’

PERM, February 25./TASS/. The President of the Russian Basketball Federation President Andrey Kirilenko said the final match of the World Cup qualifying tournament, in which Russia defeated Finland, was a real nailbiter. The Russian team won 91-76, qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup. The match was held in Perm, Russian Urals region. “The team did the unthinkable. The game was a real thriller. I am glad that we’ve got a team that has coped with all difficulties. It is pleasant that the steps we [RBF] take, yield results,” Kirilenko told TASS. “In its potentials, our team can compete for World Cup medals. Think about EuroBasket…

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Russian Pavel Kulizhnikov grabs gold at World Sprint Speed Skating Championships

Russian Pavel Kulizhnikov grabs gold at World Sprint Speed Skating Championships

Pavel Kulizhnikov © AP Photo/Peter Dejong HEERENVEEN /the Netherlands/, February 24./TASS/. Russian Pavel Kulizhnikov has grabbed gold at the 2019 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships that ended on Sunday in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. This was his third gold at a sprint speed skating championship, the previous victories came in 2015 and 2016. In other media

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Russian lugers win team relay at World Cup in Sochi

Russian lugers win team relay at World Cup in Sochi

Semen Pavlichenko © AP/Roman Koksarov SOCHI, February 24. /TASS/. Russian lugers Semen Pavlichenko, Viktoria Demchenko, Alexander Denisev and Vladislav Antonov have won the team relay competition at the Luge World Cup in Sochi. Team Germany came second and Team Latvia finished third. In other media

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Russian female athlete wins silver in IBU European Championships sprint competition

Russian female athlete wins silver in IBU European Championships sprint competition

Russian athlete Yekaterina Yurlova-Percht © EPA-EFE/ANDREA SOLERO TASS, February 23. Russian athlete Yekaterina Yurlova-Percht has come in second in the women 7.5-kilometer sprint competition at the 2019 IBU (International Biathlon Union) European Championships, held in Minsk, Belarus. Swedish athlete Mona Brursson took the gold, while another Swedish skier Hanna Oeberg came in third. This is the third medal for team Russia at the championships so far. Earlier, Dmitry Malyshko came in third in the men 10-kilometer sprint competition, and Malyshko, along with his fellow Russian biathlete Yevgeniya Pavlova also won gold in singles mixed relay competition. In other media

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Russian athletes grab gold in Luge World Cup doubles race

Russian athletes grab gold in Luge World Cup doubles race

SOCHI, February 23. /TASS/. Russian athletes Alexander Denisev and Vladislav Antonov have won the gold in a doubles race at the final stage of the 2018-2019 Luge World Cup series held in Sochi. On the score of two attempts, the Russians have shown the time of 1 minute 39.814 seconds. They were followed by Germans Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken (+0.053 seconds) and Russians Vsevolod Kashkin and Konstantin Korshunov (+0.193). The 2018/2019 FIL (International Luge Federation) World Cup series began in Austria’s Innsbruck on November 24, 2018 and, with 10 stages in different locations, the tournament is scheduled to be completed at the track in…

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Russian athlete wins bronze in IBU European Championships sprint competition

Russian athlete wins bronze in IBU European Championships sprint competition

Dmitry Malyshko © EPA/KERSTIN JOENSSON MOSCOW, February 23. /TASS/. Russian athlete Dmitry Malyshko has come in third in the men 10-kilometer sprint competition at the 2019 IBU (International Biathlon Union) European Championships, held in Minsk, Belarus. Norwegian athlete Tarjei Boe took the gold, while Swedish skier Jesper Nelin came in second. By scoring third in the European Championships, Malyshko automatically qualifies for the IBU World Championships, which will take place from March 7 to March 17 in the Swedish town of Oestersund. This is the second medal for team Russia at the championships so far. Earlier, Malyshko and his fellow Russian biathlete Yevgeniya Pavlova won gold…

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Russia, Germany remain as final bidders for hosting 2021 UEFA Champions League final

Russia, Germany remain as final bidders for hosting 2021 UEFA Champions League final

MOSCOW, February 22. /TASS/. A bid from the Russian second largest city of Saint Petersburg to host the final match of the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League’s season has been accepted along with a bid from Germany’s Munich, the UEFA said in a statement on Friday. The UEFA announced on November 1 that St. Petersburg was one of the two cities, which had submitted a declaration of interest to host the 2021 UEFA Champions League final. The other city was Germany’s Munich. The European governing football body announced on Friday that it “received bid dossiers from nine member associations to host UEFA club competition finals in…

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Russian Football Union rules to exempt Belarusian footballers from ‘legionnaires’ quota

Russian Football Union rules to exempt Belarusian footballers from ‘legionnaires’ quota

MOSCOW, February 22. /TASS/. The Executive Board of the Russian Football Union (RFU) ruled on Friday to exclude Belarusian footballers from the list of foreign athletes, often called as the legionnaires, allowed to play for Russia’s football clubs, RFU’s press service said in a statement. The Russian Sports Ministry proposed in November 2018 that a number of Belarusian players, allowed to play for clubs of the Russian national football tournaments, must not be regulated by the current quota regarding a permitted amount of foreign players or ‘legionnaires.’ Relevant amendments were first introduced and then published on February 13 in the Russian Sports Ministry’s decree on…

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