Category: Sport

German specialist Erik Stoffelshaus parts with Russia’s Lokomotiv Moscow FC

German specialist Erik Stoffelshaus parts with Russia’s Lokomotiv Moscow FC

Erik Stoffelshaus © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. German specialist Erik Stoffelshaus has announced on Friday his resignation from the post of the sporting director with Lokomotiv Moscow football club. “Dear friends, after two wonderful years in Moscow, I decided it was time for something new in my life – that’s why I give up my position as the Sporting Director of Lokomotiv Moscow,” Stoffelshaus announced on his Instagram account. “But not without saying thank you.” “Thank you for a time that will remain in my memory forever,” he said. “Celebrating the cup victory and the long-awaited third championship with this club – that was…

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Legendary Soviet ice hockey player Zimin passes away

Legendary Soviet ice hockey player Zimin passes away

Yevgeny Zimin © Oleg Buldakov/TASS MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. Russia’s two-time Olympic champion and legendary forward of the Soviet Union’s ice hockey national team and Spartak Moscow club Yevgeny Zimin died at the age of 71, the press service of Spartak Moscow hockey club reported on Friday. “He was the favorite player of Spartak ice hockey club’s fans and his life moto was simply saying: the ice hockey is, first of all, a game,” the club’s press service said in its statement. “He was capable of everything playing this game. He was the master of ice hockey. We are all deeply saddened.” Playing for Spartak Moscow…

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Russia defeats Denmark in first game of Ice Hockey World Juniors in Canada

Russia defeats Denmark in first game of Ice Hockey World Juniors in Canada

© Sergei Savostyanov/TASS MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. The Russian national youth ice hockey team (Under-20) defeated Denmark 4:0 in its first game of the IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship in Vancouver, Canada. The goals were scored by Vitaly Kravtsov (7’), Alexander Romanov (38’), Pavel Shen (54′) and Ivan Morozov (59’). Danish team captain Jonas Rondbjerg received an injury and had to leave the arena in the last minutes of the first period. The matches of the 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships will be played in the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Victoria until January 5. The ten participating teams were divided into two groups…

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Russia’s Krasnoyarsk well prepared for 2019 FISU Winter Universiade – directorate’s chief

Russia’s Krasnoyarsk well prepared for 2019 FISU Winter Universiade – directorate’s chief

MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. The Directorate of the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk has accomplished all tasks set for 2018 regarding the organization of the international sports event, Maxim Urazov, the chief of the Universiade-2019 directorate, told TASS on Thursday. The Monitoring Council of the 2019-Universiade gathered for a session on Thursday in Moscow to sum up the results of the preparation works for the 2019 Winter Universiade, scheduled to kick off next spring in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk. “The Monitoring Council is a very important management body, which makes key decisions at its sessions regarding the preparations for the competition,” Urazov said. “Today…

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Russia’s Krasnoyarsk well prpeared for 2019 FISU Winter Universiade – directorate’s chief

Russia’s Krasnoyarsk well prpeared for 2019 FISU Winter Universiade – directorate’s chief

MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. The Directorate of the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk has accomplished all tasks set for 2018 regarding the organization of the international sports event, Maxim Urazov, the chief of the Universiade-2019 directorate, told TASS on Thursday. The Monitoring Council of the 2019-Universiade gathered for a session on Thursday in Moscow to sum up the results of the preparation works for the 2019 Winter Universiade, scheduled to kick off next spring in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk. “The Monitoring Council is a very important management body, which makes key decisions at its sessions regarding the preparations for the competition,” Urazov said. “Today…

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Lasitskene says to move abroad for trainings if Russia sealed off to anti-doping officials

Lasitskene says to move abroad for trainings if Russia sealed off to anti-doping officials

MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. Russian high jumper Maria Lasitskene told TASS on Thursday she was ready to leave Russia in case the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) strips again the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) of its compliance status. The WADA Executive Board reinstated the compliance status of RUSADA on September 20 on condition that WADA experts would be granted access to doping samples at the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab, which was sealed off in connection with a federal investigation. The Russian side is also obliged to hand over all suspicious doping samples from the Moscow lab for re-analysis before June 30, 2019. In case RUSADA fails to…

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RUSADA chief Ganus says Russian sports may end up in isolation in 2019

RUSADA chief Ganus says Russian sports may end up in isolation in 2019

© Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. Russian sports may be globally isolated in case the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is denied to access before December 31 the data of Russian athletes’ doping samples from the period of 2011-2015, stored at the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab, Yury Ganus, the president of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) stated in a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The revocation of the compliance status of the RUSADA, which is the key element of the Russian anti-doping system and which within a short period of time not only restored in full its operability, but became one of the best in the…

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Russian Football Union to announce list of presidential candidates in mid-January

Russian Football Union to announce list of presidential candidates in mid-January

MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. A list of candidates running for the post of the Russian Football Union’s (RFU) president will be made public between January 14 and 16, a spokesman for the RFU told TASS on Thursday. “Members of the Russian Football Union are submitting nominations for the seat of the organization’s president at sessions of their local executive boards,” the spokesman said. “We would like to state once again that that every candidate must submit a set of required documents with the RFU Election Committee by January 13 including,” the spokesman said. “Therefore, the processed information will be published by the Election Committee between…

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Russia’s work with WADA on Moscow Anti-Doping Lab’s data should be over next month

Russia’s work with WADA on Moscow Anti-Doping Lab’s data should be over next month

© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. Russia’s work with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regarding the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab is most likely to be completed by January 16, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said on Thursday. “An absolutely transparent work process is underway and we expect it to be completed by January 16,” Golodets, who oversees issues of culture and sport in the Russian government, said. WADA’s technical experts, who arrived in Moscow for their second visit on December 17, did not finish the work at the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab as their equipment was reportedly not certified in line with the Russian laws.…

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Russia’s curler Krushelnitsky submits appeal with CAS against four-year suspension

Russia’s curler Krushelnitsky submits appeal with CAS against four-year suspension

MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. Russia’s curling athlete Alexander Krushelnitsky has filed an appeal against the December ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to impose a four-year ban against the Russian, Andrei Mitkov, an agent for the athlete, told TASS on Thursday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne ruled on December 4 to impose a four-year ban in regard to Russian Olympic curler Alexander Krushelnitsky citing violations of anti-doping regulations. According to the court’s ruling, the four-year ban came into force as of February 12, 2018. “Krushelnitsky filed an appeal with the CAS division of appeals against the CAS…

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Russia’s national team gears up for 2019 World Men’s Handball Championship

Russia’s national team gears up for 2019 World Men’s Handball Championship

President of the Russian Handball Federation Sergei Shishkaryov © Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS NOVOGORSK /Moscow Region/, December 27. /TASS/. The prime task of the Russian national team at the 2019 World Men’s Handball Championship is to enter the top seven of the finalists and proceed to the qualifications tournament of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Sergei Shishkaryov, the president of the Russian Handball Federation (RHF), told TASS. The 2019 World Men’s Handball Championship will be held in six cities of Germany and Denmark between January 9 and 27. The Russian national team’s competitors in the group stage are the national squads from France, Germany, Serbia, Brazil and South…

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Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s chief says joint work with UKAD completed

MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has completed its joint work with the British Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD), which began in February 2016, RUSADA Director General Yury Ganus told TASS on Wednesday. “We have finished our work with UKAD, and the reason behind it was the decision of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s [WADA] Executive Board to return us in September the status of compliance,” Ganus said in an interview with TASS. “Our department on TUE permits issuance worked on every application since last year’s October simultaneously with the UKAD, which directly dealt with the issuance of Therapeutic Use Exempt permissions,” Ganus said. “We…

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Russian Anti-Doping Agency sets aim of collecting 11,000 doping samples next year

MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) plans to carry out next year a total of 11,000 doping tests among national athletes, RUSADA Director General Yury Ganus told TASS on Wednesday. “We have planned for this year to collect 9,000 doping samples,” Ganus said in an interview with TASS. “As of today, our doping inspectors collected 9,409 doping samples, with 3,172 of them collected during competitions and 6,237 during the out-of-competition period.” “We have planned for the next year to collect 11,000 samples using nearly the same budget and to increase the number to 13,000 in another year,” the RUSADA chief said. “The…

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FIDE President Dvorkovich: World Chess Federation looks for joint projects with FIFA

ST. PETERSBURG, December 25. /TASS/. The World Chess Federation (FIDE) hopes to conclude in the future joint projects with the world’s governing body of football, FIFA, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich said on Tuesday. Dvorkovich, 46, was elected president of the World Chess Federation during the FIDE General Assembly in Georgia’s Batumi in early October. Before the election, he cooperated closely with FIFA President Gianni Infantino serving as the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Russia-2018 in charge of the organization of the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer. “We enjoy good partnership relations with FIFA and its President Gianni Infantino. I am sure that…

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Spanish sports daily lists two more Russians in its annual Top-100 footballers ratings

Spanish sports daily lists two more Russians in its annual Top-100 footballers ratings

MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Players of the Russian national football team Denis Cheryshev and Alexander Golovin entered the list of Top-100 world’s best footballers in 2018, according to the new edition of Spanish national sports daily Marca. “The selection criteria takes into account the player’s sporting successes, his influence on the achievements of his team and the individual numbers of the players, with special attention paid to the World Cup in Russia,” the daily reported. Cheryshev, who currently plays as a winger for Valencia FC, was placed in 89th position of the list of best footballers of the Marca ratings. The daily reported earlier that…

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Russia announces team roster for 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Canada

MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. The coaching staff of the Russian national youth ice hockey team (Under-20) announced on Tuesday the roster for the 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, to be hosted by Canada between December 26 and January 5. According to the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RHF) the announced list of 25 players on the national squad at the upcoming World Junior Ice Hockey Championships includes: Goalkeepers: Pyotr Kochetkov (Ryazan), Amir Miftakhov (Bars), Daniil Tarasov (Toros). Defenders: Alexander Alekseev (Red Deer, Canada), Daniil Zharvlyov (Bars), Yevgeny Kalabushkin (SKA-Neva), Ilya Morozov (Sibir), Savely Olshansky (Zauralye), Alexander Romanov (CSKA), Mark Rubinchik (Toros), Dmitry Samorukov (Gelf). Forwards:…

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Russia’s Olympic biathlon Champion Shipulin announces plans to wrap up sports career

MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Russia’s 2014 Olympic gold medalist in biathlon Anton Shipulin announced on Tuesday his intention to wrap up with sports career after participating in another international tournament later this month. Shipulin, 31, confirmed his plans to take part in the 2018 World Team Challenge, which is an annual international biathlon event in Germany’s Gelsenkirchen, known in Russia as ‘Christmas Race,’ and will be held at the Veltins-Arena on December 29. “I will be racing jointly with Ekaterina Yurlova,” Shipulin told a news conference on Tuesday. “The most important I would like to say is that this race will be the last one…

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Russian bobsledder Zubkov says to return Olympic gold after receives IOC’s personal letter

MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Russia’s former bobsledder Alexander Zubkov told TASS on Monday he would return his two 2014 Olympic gold medals to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) only after he personally received a letter from the world’s governing Olympic body. Based on an earlier ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Zubkov, who is currently the president of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation, was obliged to return his two gold medals over violations of anti-doping regulations. The IOC stated earlier that it issued a relevant order requesting the return of the medals. “I never received a letter from the IOC personally, therefore the…

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WADA still waiting for Russia’s invitation to pay another visit to Moscow Anti-Doping Lab

MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has not yet received a notification from Russia about its readiness to grant access to international body’s experts to Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory with the use of equipment that needed certification, a spokesman for the WADA told TASS on Monday. WADA’s technical experts, who arrived in Moscow for their second visit on December 17, did not finish the work at the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab as their equipment was reportedly not certified in line with the Russian laws. The WADA stated its readiness to resume the process in case the issue was promptly settled by the Russian authorities.…

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RUSADA collects over 200 doping samples from national biathletes in 2018

RUSADA collects over 200 doping samples from national biathletes in 2018

© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Officers of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) collected a total of 217 doping samples of national biathletes between January 1 and December 15, 2018, according to the agency’s December report. Thirty three doping tests were collected from Russian biathletes within the previous two months and the list of tested athletes increased by 12 against the number reported in mid-October. Valentina Nazarova (Teletsyna) was subjected to most doping tests (nine in total) compared to the rest of the tested biathletes. In 2017 Russian biathletes were subjected to 311 doping tests on behalf of the RUSADA. Nikita Ovchinnikov passed 12…

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Moscow Anti-Doping Lab ready for another WADA experts’ visit

NOVOSIBIRSK, December 24. /TASS/. The Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory is ready for another visit of experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Monday. “Everything necessary in line with our requirements and tasks has been provided to them,” Kolobkov said. We are now waiting for their response. I do not know and not ready to announce it [the date of the third visit].” Last Friday Kolobkov announced that a delegation of WADA experts concluded their second visit to the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab. The five-person delegation of experts led by independent expert Dr. Jose Antonio Pascual, who is a research scientist…

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Scherbakova wins gold in women’s singles at Russian Figure Skating Championship

Scherbakova wins gold in women’s singles at Russian Figure Skating Championship

Russian figure skater Anna Scherbakova © Sergei Bobylev/TASS SARANSK, December 22. /TASS/. Figure skater Anna Scherbakova has won gold in women’s singles at the Russian Figure Skating Championship in Saransk. Alexandra Trusova came in second, followed by Alyona Kostornaya in the third place. Alina Zagitova, who was leading after the short program, came in fifth. Scherbakova, who will turn 15 in March 2019, took the first place in two stages of the Junior Grand Prix. In the final, she occupied the fifth place. Zagitova is an Olympic champion. She also won gold at the 2018 European Figure Skating Championships and at the 2017 Grand Prix Finals.…

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Russian Paralympic Committee reimburses IPC reinstatement expenses

NOVOGORSK /Moscow Region/, December 21. /TASS/. The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) has reimbursed all expenses connected with its membership reinstatement process with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), RPC First Vice President Pavel Rozhkov told TASS on Friday. The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Executive Board announced its decision to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which was one of the requirements for RPC’s reinstatement with the IPC. The RPC had also to repay 257,000 euros to compensate IPC’s expenses from the process of Russia’s membership reinstatement with the global Paralympic body. “The Russian Paralympic Committee has reimbursed the International Paralympic Committee all incurred expenses, which was…

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UEFA President Ceferin praises Mutko’s contribution into Russian football’s development

MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Prime Minister made an important contribution into the development of football in Russia, Aleksander Ceferin, the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), told TASS on Friday. Mutko announced about his resignation from the post of the Russian Football Union’s (RFU) president on Wednesday during the RFU Executive Committee’s session. Sergei Pryadkin, the president of the Russian Premier League, was appointed the acting RFU president until the Union’s presidential election on February 22. “Vitaly Mutko has made an important contribution to Russian football,” the UEFA president said. “During his presidency of the Russian Football Union, Russian clubs…

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Charges against feuding footballers reduced, but likely prison term unchanged, says lawyer

Charges against feuding footballers reduced, but likely prison term unchanged, says lawyer

MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. Investigators have reduced the charges against Russian footballers Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin following the results of a medical examination of their victims, Kokorin’s lawyer, Vyacheslav Barik, told TASS on Friday. Kokorin and Mamaev were earlier charged with hooliganism and battery for their involvement in several brawls in Moscow over two months ago. “The medical expertise has established that the victims sustained light bodily harm, the injuries resulted in brief health problems, therefore the count of ‘battery’ has been altered to ‘premeditated infliction of light bodily injuries’,” Barik stated. The count of hooliganism, which stipulates a prison term of up to…

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Over half of global population watched record-breaking 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Over half of global population watched record-breaking 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia set a new record of audience in the history of world football championships as over half of the world’s population watched matches “on TV at home, out of home or on digital platforms,” the FIFA said in a statement on Friday. “FIFA has today published the key findings of a comprehensive audit of consolidated final audience data for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which was broadcast live in every territory around the world from 14 June to 15 July this year,” the statement reads. “A combined 3.572 billion viewers – more than half of…

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Russian sports authorities propose over $58,000 award for winning gold at 2020 Olympics

Russian sports authorities propose over $58,000 award for winning gold at 2020 Olympics

© EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA NOVOGORSK /Moscow Region/, December 21. /TASS/. A Russian athlete winning gold at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo may be awarded by the government with the sum of four million rubles, according to a draft document presented on Friday at the Russian Sports Ministry’s extended board meeting. The draft document states in particular that based on the results of the 2020 Olympics the prize winning money was divided into three categories: 4 million rubles (over $58,300) for the gold; 2.5 million rubles ($36,450) for the silver and 1.7 million rubles ($24,760) for the bronze. The 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held…

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WADA experts conclude second visit to Moscow Anti-Doping Lab

NOVOGORSK /Moscow Region/, December 21. /TASS/. A delegation of experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has completed its second visit to Russia to the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Friday. The five-person delegation of experts led by independent expert Dr. Jose Antonio Pascual, who is a research scientist and academic in Barcelona, arrived in Moscow on December 17 to access data of the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab, as required by WADA’s Executive Committee decision of September 20. NOVOGORSK /Moscow Region/, December 21. /TASS/. A delegation of experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has completed its second visit to Russia…

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Sports minister hopes Russian Paralympic Committee will be reinstated next month

Sports minister hopes Russian Paralympic Committee will be reinstated next month

© AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin NOVOGORSK /Moscow Region/, December 21. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said he hopes that the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) will be reinstated with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in January. “I hope that we will soon finish this work by having implemented the remaining requirements,” Kolobkov said speaking at the ministry’s extended board meeting. On August 7, 2016, the the IPC decided to bar the entire Russian team from taking part in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on August 23, 2016 upheld the IPC’s ruling that came on the heels…

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Deputy PM says year of 2018 was success for Russian sports

Deputy PM says year of 2018 was success for Russian sports

Russian football players celebrate scoring in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinal match at Fisht Stadium © Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS NOVOGORSK /Moscow Region/, December 21. /TASS/. The outgoing year of 2018 was a success for the Russian sports on the whole, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said on Friday at the extended board meeting of the Sports Ministry. “The year of 2018 was successful for the Russian sports,” Golodets, who oversees issues of culture and sport in the Russian government, said. “It includes major tournaments, which changed an approach to sports in Russia.” “First of all we speak about the [FIFA] World Cup, which was a…

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