Category: Sport

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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Canadian company made blades of gold for Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova

Canadian company made blades of gold for Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova

Alina Zagitova © Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. /TASS/. The leading Canadian manufacturer of figure skating gear Jackson Ultima Skates made blades of gold for 2018 Olympic Champion Alina Zagitova of Russia, the company’s press service announced on Thursday. The company posted on its Instagram a picture of the new blades with hashtag #alinazagitova and a caption, which reads “Fit for a champion.” In June, British company John Wilson Blades and Skates made blades of 24K rose gold for another Russian figure skater, Yevgeniya Medvedeva, who is two-time Olympic silver medalist, two-time world champion, two-time European champion and two-time Grand Prix Final champion. Zagitova, 16,…

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Russia’s anti-doping work enormous, but problem not solved yet, Putin says

MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. Russia’s work in the fight against abuse of performance enhancing drugs in sports is enormous, but the problem of doping has not been solved completely, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his annual news conference. “Firstly, it is our own fault to a great degree that we ended up in this situation,” Putin said. “It is because the doping abuse did take place.” In December 2017, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the Russian Olympic Committee, banning the national team from participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea’ PyeongChang. The IOC accused Russia of systematic violations of anti-doping rules,…

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Next RFU president must raise football in Russia to new level, says Deputy PM

MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. A new president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), who will replace Vitaly Mutko in this post, must bring the sport of football in Russia to a new level, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets told TASS on Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko announced about his resignation from the post of the RFU president earlier in the day 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. “An important decision has been made and it will lay the ground for the…

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Coach Cherchesov thanks Mutko for support of Russian national football team

Coach Cherchesov thanks Mutko for support of Russian national football team

MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. Head Coach of the Russian national football team Stanislav Cherchesov thanked former president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) Vitaly Mutko for his support of the national squad, the team’s press service announced on Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister Mutko announced about his resignation from the post of the RFU president earlier in the day 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. “I took part today in the session of the Executive Committee, which discussed many important issues,” Cherchesov was…

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RusAF sends to IAAF first five neutral-status applications of Russian athletes

MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. The All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) has sent to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) first five applications of national athletes requesting to grant them a neutral status for the next year’s participation in international tournaments, RusAF spokeswoman Natalia Yukhareva told TASS on Wednesday. The IAAF Doping Review Board approved on December 18 an updated version of the Guidance Note for Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA) status applications and sent the document to the RusAF. According to the document, “Athletes who were granted ANA status in 2018 are able to re-apply for eligibility in 2019 by completing a simplified application form.” Yukhareva…

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Ustyugov, Sleptsova want their representatives to be allowed at LIMS data examination

Ustyugov, Sleptsova want their representatives to be allowed at LIMS data examination

MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. Russian Olympic Biathlon Champions Evgeny Ustyugov and Svetlana Sleptsova turned to the Russian Investigative Committee asking to allow their representatives to participate jointly with experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in the review of the electronic archives’ data of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory (LIMS). This was stated in a letter of Ustyugov and Sleptsova to the Russian Investigative Committee and a copy of the letter was obtained by TASS. The International Biathlon Union (IBU) confirmed on November 30 that Ustyugov, Sleptsova, Alexander Pechenkin and Alexander Chernyshov were suspected of violating anti-doping regulations. The IBU initiated proceedings against them basing the…

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Russian Football Union praises national teams’ results in 2018

MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. The Executive Committee of the Russian Football Union (RFU) has evaluated results of national football teams in 2018 as positive, Igor Lebedev, a member of the committee, Tweeted on Wednesday. “The RFU Executive Committee has ruled to regard the results of Russian national football teams in 2018 as positive,” Lebedev said. “The main task for the next year is to qualify for the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup.” In other media

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Manchester United appoints Norway’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as head coach

Manchester United appoints Norway’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as head coach

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer © AP Photo/Peter Dejong MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. England’s Manchester United has appointed Norway’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the head coach in place of Portugal’s Jose Mourinho, who parted with the club on Tuesday, the club’s press service announced on Wednesday. The contract with the Norwegian specialist has been inked for the period until the end of the current Premier League’s season.   In other media

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Russia to officially bid for hosting 2021 UEFA Champions League final in St. Petersburg

Russia to officially bid for hosting 2021 UEFA Champions League final in St. Petersburg

© Alexandr Demyanchuk/TASS MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. The Russian Football Union (RFU) has decided to submit its bid with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to host the final of the 2021 Champions League in St. Petersburg, RFU executive Igor Lebedev said on Wednesday. The UEFA announced on November 1 that St. Petersburg was one of the two cities, which submitted declarations of interest to host the 2021 UEFA Champions League final. The other city is Germany’s Munich. “The RFU Executive Committee has made a decision to put forward the candidacy of Gazprom-Arena in St. Petersburg for hosting the final match of the UEFA Champions…

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IAAF to publish 2019 regulations for Russia’s ‘neutral- status’ athletes by Dec. 20

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will publish on December 19 at the latest a list of regulations regarding the so-called neutral-status participation of Russian athletes in international tournaments next year, a spokesman for the IAAF told TASS on Tuesday. According to the spokesman, the world’s governing body of athletics will publish a press release on the regulations either on Tuesday or Wednesday. On December 4, the IAAF Council decided at its session in Monaco to extend the membership suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) citing a number of criteria, which were still needed to be implemented by the…

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Mourinho leaves Manchester United

Mourinho leaves Manchester United

© EPA-EFE/NIGEL RODDIS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Manager Jose Mourinho has left Manchester United Football Club, the club’s press service said. On Sunday, Manchester United lost to Liverpool 1-3 in a Premier League match. In other media

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WADA experts arrive in Moscow to retrieve data from former Moscow Laboratory

WADA experts arrive in Moscow to retrieve data from former Moscow Laboratory

© Anton Novoderzhkin/TASS, archive MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) arrived in Moscow on Monday evening to retrieve data from the former Moscow Laboratory. The previous visit of WADA specialists to the Russian capital’s laboratory, which stores doping samples of Russian athletes and tests’ results for the period between 2011 and 2015, was held on November 28. Three WADA experts discussed with the Russian authorities further steps concerning the analysis of the laboratory’s data. The team is led by independent expert Dr. Jose Antonio Pascual. The data extraction is expected to take three days. The access to the data of the…

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Russia’s ice hockey team hammers Finland to grab Channel One Cup trophy

ST. PETERSBURG, December 16. /TASS/. Team Russia has hammered Finland 5-0 in the final match of the Channel One ice hockey Cup to win the trophy for the second time in a row. The match was played on Sunday at St. Petersburg’s Gazprom-Arena in front of a crowd of 71,381. The pucks were shot by Kirill Kaprizov (19th minute), Vasily Rorkanov (26th minute), Nikita Nesterov (30th minute), Vladislav Gavrikov (31st minute), and Mikhail Grigorenko (55th minute). Russia’s team won all the three matches of the Channel One Cup and scored eight points. Finland is second, with four points. Next are Sweden (four points) and the…

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IOC requests three Russian bobsledders to return Sochi gold medals

IOC requests three Russian bobsledders to return Sochi gold medals

Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Nepodailo, Dmitry Trunenkov and Alexey Voevoda © Sergey Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has requested Russian bobsledders Alexey Voevoda, Alexei Negodailo and Dmitry Trunenkov return the gold medals they won at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the IOC press service told TASS. Voevoda is expected to return two Olympic golds as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed the IOC Disciplinary Commission’s decision to disqualify him for anti-doping violations. The IOC had also issued bans for Negodailo and Trunennkov but they were acquitted by CAS. “The IOC has already requested the return of the medals…

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UEFA fines CSKA Moscow FC $14,700 after home match with Czech FC Viktoria last month

MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced a decision on Friday to impose a fine of 13,000 Euros (some $14,700) in regard to Russia’s CSKA Moscow football club for its fans misbehavior late last month during match against the football club of the Czech Republic, Viktoria Plzen. The second-leg group stage match between Viktoria and CSKA was played at the iconic Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital on November 27 and ended with the Czech club’s 2-1 win over the hosts. “The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to fine PFC CSKA Moskva €13,000,” the UEFA stated on…

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WADA’s expert group to visit Russian capital on Dec. 17 to access Moscow Laboratory data

MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. A second visit of experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to the Moscow Laboratory has been scheduled for December 17-19, according to a statement from WADA on Friday. “A full technical mission from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will be in Russia next week to retrieve data from the former Moscow Laboratory,” the statement reads. “The five-person delegation will travel to Moscow on Monday 17 December to access the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and the underlying raw data of the Laboratory, as required by WADA’s Executive Committee decision of 20 September,” according to WADA. “The team will be led…

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Russian Anti-Doping Agency interested in WADA’s productive visit to Moscow next week

Russian Anti-Doping Agency interested in WADA’s productive visit to Moscow next week

© Anton Novoderzhkin/TASS, archive MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is very much interested in the successful outcome of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) group of experts’ visit to the Moscow Laboratory expected next week, RUSADA Director General Yury Ganus told TASS on Friday. The previous visit of WADA specialists to the Russian capital’s laboratory, which stores doping samples of Russian athletes and tests’ results for the period between 2011 and 2015, was held on November 28. “I have stated previously that the first visit to Moscow had been planned much earlier,” Ganus said. “But it turned out that our colleagues from WADA…

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Russian swimmers take silver in 4x200m Freestyle Relay at FINA tournament in China

Russian swimmers take silver in 4x200m Freestyle Relay at FINA tournament in China

Martin Malyutin, Mikhail Vekovishchev, Ivan Girev and Alexander Krasnykh © AP Photo/Ng Han Guan MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Swimmers of the Russian national team won silver on Friday in Men’s 4×200-meters Freestyle Relay at the FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Swimming Championships, held in China’s Hangzhou between December 11 and 16. The quartet of Russian swimmers – Martin Malyutin, Mikhail Vekovishchev, Ivan Girev and Alexander Krasnykh – finished the distance in 6 minutes 46.84 seconds to win the silver. In other media

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Russian swimmer Rylov wins 50m backstroke gold at FINA World Championships in China

MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Russian swimmer Evgeny Rylov won gold on Friday in Men’s 50-meter backstroke event of the 2018 FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Swimming Championships, held in China’s Hangzhou between December 11 and 16. The 22-year-old Russian swimmer clocked the distance in 22.58 seconds to pack the gold for his national team. In other media

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Russia’s Vladimir Morozov wins gold in 50m freestyle at FINA World Championships

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov wins gold in 50m freestyle at FINA World Championships

Vladimir Morozov © AP Photo/Ng Han Guan MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Russian swimmer Vladimir Morozov won gold on Friday in Men’s 50-meter freestyle event of the 2018 FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Swimming Championships, held in China’s Hangzhou between December 11 and 16. The 26-year-old Russian swimmer clocked the distance in 20.33 seconds to pack the gold for his national team. In other media

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Russian swimmer Kolesnikov wins 100m medley event at FINA World Championships in China

Russian swimmer Kolesnikov wins 100m medley event at FINA World Championships in China

Kliment Kolesnikov © AP Photo/Ng Han Guan MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Russian swimmer Kliment Kolesnikov won gold on Friday in Men’s 100-meter Medley event of the 2018 FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Swimming Championships, held in China’s Hangzhou between December 11 and 16. The 18-year-old Russian swimmer clocked the distance in 50.63 seconds to pack the gold for his national team. According to the official website of the championship, “Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) is the first Russian winner of this event at world championships (25m), and the third ever medalist from Russia. Sergey Fesikov (RUS) took bronze in 2010, Vladimir Morozov (RUS) silver in 2014.” Italy’s Marco…

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Zenit suffers its first defeat in UEFA Europa Leage group stage

Zenit suffers its first defeat in UEFA Europa Leage group stage

© EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Czech Republic’s Slavia Praha defeated Rusia’s Zenit St. Petersburg 2:0 in the Russian club’s final game of the UEFA Europa League group stage on Friday. The balls were scored by Jaromir Zmrhal (32’) and Miroslav Stoch (41’). The victory put Slavia to the second place in Group C with 10 points. Zenit is the leader with 11 points. For the first time since the 2014/2015 season, only two Russian clubs advanced to knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League – Zenit and Kransnodar, which is the runner-up in Group J. All Moscow teams in UEFA tournaments finished fourth in…

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Russian biathlon team visited by Austria police amid probe against IBU — WADA

Russian biathlon team visited by Austria police amid probe against IBU — WADA

© AP Photo/Laurent Gillieron MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The Austrian police’s visit to the headquarters of the Russian national biathlon team in Hochfilzen is related to the corruption probe in the International Biathlon Union, a spokesperson for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) told TASS on Thursday. Late on December 12, a group of investigators visited the Russian team, which arrived in Austria to take part in World Cup events in Hochfilzen. In line with Austria’s law on criminal procedure, they notified several Russian athletes and other personnel about the ongoing investigation into the possible violation of anti-doping rules committed during the 2017 Biathlon World Championships in…

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Krasnodar advances to UEFA Europa League playoff despite major defeat by Sevilla

Krasnodar advances to UEFA Europa League playoff despite major defeat by Sevilla

© EPA-EFE/RAUL CARO MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. Russia’s Krasnodar FC lost 0:3 to Spain’s Sevilla on the final matchday of the UEFA Europa League group stage on Thursday, but advanced to the tournament’s knockout stage. After the sixth and last matchday, both clubs now have 12 points each, but Sevilla is ranked first in Group J due to their goal difference. The goals were scored by Wissam Ben Yedder (5’, 10’) and by Ever Banega (49’, on penalty). Another Group J game, between Belgium’s Standard Liege (10 points) and Turkey’s Akhisar (1 point), ended in a goalless draw. In other media

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Spartak fails to reach Europa League playoffs after defeat by Spain’s Villarreal

Spartak fails to reach Europa League playoffs after defeat by Spain’s Villarreal

© EPA-EFE/DOMENECH CASTELLO VILLARREAL /Spain/, December 13. /TASS/. Russia’s Spartak Moscow has failed to make it to the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 32 after being defeated 0-2 by Spain’s Villarreal FC in the group stage final match on Thursday. The goals were scored by Samuel Chukwueze in the 11th minute and Karl Ekambi in the 48th minute. With five points after six matches, Spartak is fourth in Group G. In other media

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China’s Chengdu selected to host 2021 FISU Summer Universiade

BEIJING, December 13. /TASS/. Members of the Steering Committee of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) voted unanimously in favor of holding the 2021 Summer Universiade in the Chinese city of Chengdu, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday. The agency reported that “the International University Sports Federation steering committee agreed unanimously to give China’s Chengdu the hosting rights of the 2021 World University Games” and the event will be held between August 8 and 19, 2021. FISU President Oleg Matytsin was quoted as saying: “Clearly Chengdu is a city with both a rich history and a bright future.” “We feel very privileged to have the…

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Group of WADA experts expected at Moscow laboratory on December 18

Group of WADA experts expected at Moscow laboratory on December 18

MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. Experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are to pay next week another inspection visit to the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory and the visit is most likely to be held on December 18, the head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) told TASS on Thursday. On November 28, a group of WADA experts for the first time visited the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, where Russian athletes’ doping samples and the results of samples tests from the period of 2011-2015 are stored. Providing the WADA with access to this data is a key condition for the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). During…

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