Category: Sport

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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Russian national team’s roster for 2019 Universiade lists 296 athletes

Russian national team’s roster for 2019 Universiade lists 296 athletes

MOSCOW, February 22. /TASS/. The Russian Sports Ministry announced on Friday that the Russian national team at the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk next month will consist of 296 athletes. The final roster of the Russian national team includes among others Dmitry Loginov (the two-time world champion in snowboarding), Sofia Prosvirnova (Europe’s five-time champion in short track speed skating) and Maxim Kovtun (Russia’s four-time figure skating champion). The Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, which has a population of over one million, was elected to host the 2019 Winter Universiade at the session of the FISU Executive Committee in Brussels in 2013. The event is…

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UEFA official pledges support for newly-elected president of Russian Football Union

UEFA official pledges support for newly-elected president of Russian Football Union

MOSCOW, February 22. /TASS/. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) will render all required assistance for Alexander Dyukov, the newly-elected president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), Zoran Lakovic, director of national associations at UEFA, said on Friday. Dyukov, the chief executive of Russian oil major Gazprom Neft and the chairman of the Board of Directors of Zenit St. Petersburg football club, was elected to take charge of the RFU earlier in the day. “I can confirm that [UEFA President] Aleksander Ceferin and Alexander Dyukov have already established strong ties,” Lakovic told journalists. “I guarantee that the Union of European Football Associations will provide…

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FIFA slaps Chelsea FC with ban on new players’ registration for next two transfer windows

FIFA slaps Chelsea FC with ban on new players’ registration for next two transfer windows

© EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER MOSCOW, February 22. /TASS/. The world’s governing football body, FIFA, has imposed sanctions on Chelsea FC banning the English football club registering new players, both at the domestic and international levels, for the period of next two transfer windows, FIFA said in a statement on Friday. “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the English club Chelsea FC and The Football Association for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18,” the statement said. According to FIFA, the club have breached regulations in “in the case of twenty-nine minor players and to have committed several other infringements…

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Gazprom Neft CEO Dyukov elected to take charge of Russian Football Union

Gazprom Neft CEO Dyukov elected to take charge of Russian Football Union

MOSCOW, February 22. /TASS/. Alexander Dyukov, the chief executive of Russian oil major Gazprom Neft and the chairman of the Board of Directors of Zenit St. Petersburg football club, was elected president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) on Friday. The voting to elect the new head of Russia’s governing football body took place at the RFU extraordinary conference in the Russian capital on February 22. “Thank you for the support and trust, it is very important for me personally since it is not only a grand honor, but a huge responsibility as well,” Dyukov said addressing the participants of the election conference. “We are…

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Russian skier Ustyugov’s result annulled after incident with Norwegian athlete

Russian skier Ustyugov’s result annulled after incident with Norwegian athlete

SEEFELD /Austria/, February 21. /TASS/. The result of Russian skier Sergei Ustyugov during a race within the framework of the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships has been annulled, the press service of the International Ski Federation (FIS) informed. However, he will participate in the upcoming skiathlon event on February 23, Ustyugov’s German coach Markus Kramer stated. “He will participate in skiathlon,” Kramer reaffirmed. During the race on Thursday, Norway’s Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo and Ustyugov bumped into each other on the track, and the Russian skier was on the verge of falling. At the end of the race, Klaebo grabbed the gold with the result…

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Zenit defeats Fenerbahce in UEFA Europa League playoff, enters Round of 16

Zenit defeats Fenerbahce in UEFA Europa League playoff, enters Round of 16

© Peter Kovalev / TASS ST. PETERSBURG, February 21. /TASS/. Russian FC Zenit has defeated Turkish FC Fenerbahce 3:1 in the second game of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 on Thursday evening, consequently entering the Round of 16. The match took place in St. Petersburg, with 50,488 fans in attendance. The first goal of the game went to Zenit’s Magomed Ozdoyev (fourth minute), followed by Zenit’s Serdar Azmun (37th minute), Fenerbahce’s Mehmet Topal (43rd minute) and, once again, Serdar Azmun (76th minute). Fenerbahce won 1:0 in the first match of the round in Istanbul. The opponents in the Round of 16 will be decided…

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Russia wins gold in single mixed relay at 2019 IBU European Championships in Minsk

Russia wins gold in single mixed relay at 2019 IBU European Championships in Minsk

MOSCOW, February 21. /TASS/. Russian biathletes Yevgeniya Pavlova and Dmitry Malyshko won gold on Thursday in singles mixed relay at the 2019 IBU (International Biathlon Union) European Championships, held between February 20 and 24 in Minsk, Belarus. The pair of Russian biathletes completed the distance with an aggregate result of 36 minutes 30 seconds. Sweden’s Jesper Nelin and Anna Magnusson finished the course 20.6 seconds behind the winners to take the silver. French biathlon racers Aristide Begue and Lou Jeanmonnot clocked the track less than ten second behind the runner-ups from Sweden to pack the bronze. In other media

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IAAF greenlights neutral-status permits for 21 more Russian track and field athletes

IAAF greenlights neutral-status permits for 21 more Russian track and field athletes

MOSCOW, February 21. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has granted its approval to 21 more Russian track and field athletes allowing them to participate under the neutral status at international tournaments this year, the press service of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) announced on Thursday. The RusAF started accepting neutral status applications from national track and field athletes on December 19 and announced on January 21 that IAAF already granted permissions to 42 Russian athletes. Today’s announced number of 21 more approved applications brings the figure of Russian athletes allowed to compete under the neutral-status this year to 63. The IAAF Doping…

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Russia supports Infantino’s nomination for FIFA president

Russia supports Infantino’s nomination for FIFA president

FIFA President Gianni Infantino © AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia MOSCOW, February 21. /TASS/. Russia supports the current president of the international football federation FIFA Gianni Infantino’s nomination for another term of office, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets told TASS in an interview. “Russia supported Infantino’s nomination,” Golodets said. “What was achieved during the FIFA World Cup evokes great respect. Infantino is committed to Olympics principles in sports, he promotes opportunities for sports activities for different groups of the population. He is very active in supporting women’s sports.” “He has displayed all the very best personal qualities, too. He is educated and honest and a true professional,”…

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Russian premier football league may put VAR system into operation late next season

Russian premier football league may put VAR system into operation late next season

MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. The Russian Premier League (RPL) plans introducing the use of innovative VAR (Video Assistance Referee) systems in the second half of the league’s upcoming season, RPL President Sergei Pryadkin said on Wednesday. “We look forward to putting the VAR system into operation with the RPL in the second half of the league’s upcoming season,” Pryadkin said. “It is connected with the personnel training, the installation of the necessary equipment, and the education of the required staff at all football stadiums [of the RPL].” “As of now, we have only one referee capable of working with the VAR systems, his name is…

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Putin meets with FIFA President Infantino in Moscow to award Order of Friendship

Putin meets with FIFA President Infantino in Moscow to award Order of Friendship

MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting on Wednesday in Moscow with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and told the head of the world’s governing football body that he was awarded with Russia’s Order of Friendship. On February 6, Putin signed a decree to award FIFA President Infantino with the Order of Friendship. According to the decree, the FIFA president was awarded with the Order of Friendship for his “enormous contribution in the organization of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.” “We are currently in active work regarding the heritage of the World Cup and I would like to thank you once again…

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Number of neutral-status applications from Russian track and field athletes exceeds 200

Number of neutral-status applications from Russian track and field athletes exceeds 200

MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. The All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) has received 201 applications from national athletes requesting to grant them a neutral status, of which 186 have been sent to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for the final approval, RusAF spokeswoman Natalia Yukhareva told TASS on Wednesday. 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. 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…

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Inspection of Russia’s preparations for 2023 Ice Hockey Worlds to start in April

Inspection of Russia’s preparations for 2023 Ice Hockey Worlds to start in April

MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. A group of experts from the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is expected to be this April in Russia’s St. Petersburg to inspect the preparations of the country’s second-largest city for hosting the 2023 Ice Hockey World Championship, IIHF Vice President Kalervo Kummola told TASS on Tuesday. Last September, the Russian city of St. Petersburg was chosen by the IIHF management to host the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, with the scheduled dates of May 5-21, 2023. The matches of the global tournament are set to be played at the St. Petersburg Ice Palace, which was built for the 2000…

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Russia announces roster of women’s ice hockey team for 2019 Winter Universiade

Russia announces roster of women’s ice hockey team for 2019 Winter Universiade

MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. The Russian Ice Hockey Federation announced on Tuesday a list of players on the national women’s team for the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade, which kicks off early next month in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk. According to the roster the goalkeepers are: Nadezhda Morozova; Valeria Merkusheva and Valeria Tarakanova. Defense: Maria Batalova; Anna Shibanova; Nina Pirogova; Yekaterina Nikolayeva; Anastasia Chistyakova; Yelena Provorova; Liana Ganeeva; Nadezhda Volf. Forwards: Yelena Dergacheva, Alyona Starovoitova, Anna Shokhina; Alevtina Shtareva; Oxana Bratishcheva; Viktoria Kulishova; Yekaterina Dobrodeyeva, Valeria Pavlova; Anna Timofeyeva; Diana Kanayeva; Yevgeniya Dyupina; Fanuza Kadirova. The Russian national women’s ice hockey team is the champion…

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FISU Winter Universiade 2019 flame cauldron set up in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk

FISU Winter Universiade 2019 flame cauldron set up in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk

KRASNOYARSK, February 19. /TASS/. A cauldron for the flame of the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade, which kicks off early next month in the Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, has been mounted in the host city, the press service of the regional authorities announced on Tuesday. “The cauldron structure has been mounted next to the Platinum Arena sports complex, which is set to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the [2019] Universiade,” the press service of the Krasnoyarsk Region reported. “The total weight of the cauldron construction is about 9 tonnes [over 19,840 pounds]; it stands at over 10 meters in height [almost 33 feet]…

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US tennis player Kenin knocks out Russia’s Kasatkina from WTA tournament in Dubai

US tennis player Kenin knocks out Russia’s Kasatkina from WTA tournament in Dubai

MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina suffered a defeat on Monday to US opponent Sofia Kenin in the 2nd round of the WTA (Women Tennis Association) tournament in Dubai. The WTA tennis tournament in the United Arab Emirates runs on February 17-23 and offers $2.8 million in prize money. Kasatkina is the runner-up of the 2018 tournament in Dubai and she failed on Tuesday to clear the 2nd round of this year’s tournament losing 3-6; 2-6; 4-6 to Kenin, 24, of the United States. Russia’s 21-year-old Kasatkina is currently ranked 13th in the WTA Ratings List and last year she reached the…

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Russia’s Lasitskene agrees to enter Athletes Committee of national anti-doping agency

Russia’s Lasitskene agrees to enter Athletes Committee of national anti-doping agency

MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Russia’s Maria Lasitskene, the World and European champion in high jump, has agreed to enter the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) Athletes Committee, RUSADA Deputy Director General Margarita Pakhnotskaya told TASS on Tuesday. “We have been long planning to set up the Athletes Committee and this initiative was backed by WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] auditors during their most recent visit to Moscow,” Pakhnotskaya said in an interview with TASS. “The committee will be soon officially registered and our outstanding track and field athlete Maria Lasitskene has already granted her permission to work for this committee.” An official with RUSADA stated earlier that…

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Hollywood to hit the ice? North Pole to host hockey match for global celebrities in 2020

Hollywood to hit the ice? North Pole to host hockey match for global celebrities in 2020

First Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Physical Fitness, Sports, Tourism and Youth Vyacheslav Fetisov © Mikhail Metzel/TASS VLADIVOSTOK, February 18. /TASS/. An ice hockey match involving politicians, Hollywood celebrities, athletes and public figures will take place at the North Pole in April 2020, First Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) Committee on Physical Fitness, Sports, Tourism and Youth Vyacheslav Fetisov said at a press conference in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok on Monday. According to earlier reports, Fetisov, who is a two-time Olympic ice hockey champion and former NHL player, discussed the idea to hold…

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Russian Biathlon Union announces team rosters for 2019 IBU European Championships

Russian Biathlon Union announces team rosters for 2019 IBU European Championships

MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. The Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) announced on Monday national men and women’s team rosters for the 2019 IBU (International Biathlon Union) European Championships, scheduled to be held between February 20 and 24 in Minsk, Belarus. According to the RBU press service, the women’s national squad for the upcoming championship is comprised of Natalia Gerbulova, Svetlana Mironova, Anastasia Morozova, Yevgeniya Pavlova, Viktoria Slivko, Irina Starykh and Yekaterina Yurlova-Percht. The initially announced list of the Russian national men’s team for the European biathlon tournament in Minsk included Anton Babikov, Matvei Yeliseyev, Yevgeny Garanichev, Alexander Loginov, Dmitry Malyshko, Nikita Porshnev and Maxim Tsvetkov. However, the…

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Over 17,000 tickets sold for Krasnodar-Bayer match of UEFA Europa League

Over 17,000 tickets sold for Krasnodar-Bayer match of UEFA Europa League

MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. Over 17,000 tickets have been sold for the second-leg match of the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 32 between Russia’s Krasnodar FC and Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen, the ticket sales service of BayArena announced to TASS on Monday. The match between the Russian and German football clubs is scheduled to be held this Thursday, February 21, at the almost 30,000-seat capacity BayArena in Leverkusen. The game kicks off at 11:00 p.m. Moscow time (21:00 GMT). The press service of the Krasnodar FC told TASS earlier that up to 200 supporters of the Russian football club had been expected to be at the…

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Russia sends to IAAF 185 neutral-status applications of Russian track and field athletes

Russia sends to IAAF 185 neutral-status applications of Russian track and field athletes

MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. The All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) has received 197 applications from national athletes requesting to grant them a neutral status, of which 185 have been sent to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), RusAF spokeswoman Natalia Yukhareva told TASS on Monday. 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.” The RusAF started accepting…

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Russian bobsledders capture bronze at World Cup stage in US

Russian bobsledders capture bronze at World Cup stage in US

© EPA-EFE/URS FLUEELER TASS, February 17. Russian bobsledders Maxim Andrianov, Alexei Zaitsev, Vasily Kondratenko and Ruslan Samitov took bronze in the four-man bobsleigh race at the IBSF World Cup stage in Lake Placid, the United States. Canadian athletes led by Justin Kripps won gold with 1 minute 49.54 seconds). The Latvian team headed by Oskars Kibermanis are second (+0.07). The Russian team lost 0.13 seconds. This is the first medal of the Russian team at the World Cup stage. The next stage in Calgary (Canada) from February 23 to 24 will be the closing one. In other media

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Russian fighter Nurmagomedov pays fine to Nevada State Athletic Commission

Russian fighter Nurmagomedov pays fine to Nevada State Athletic Commission

Khabib Nurmagomedov © Said Tsarnayev/TASS MOSCOW, February 15. /TASS/. Russian fighter and UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has paid the fine to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), the athlete’s team told TASS. “The Nevada State Athletic Commission has already received the fine. Moreover, just as Khabib promised, he covered the fines of his peers ($50,000) and lawyer’s services ($200,000),” a representative of the team said. Nurmagomedov defeated Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor during the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 229 tournament in Las Vegas on October 6, defending his lightweight title. After the fight, a mass brawl broke out between the teams of both fighters, including Nurmagomedov,…

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Russia fields 11 athletes for 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow

Russia fields 11 athletes for 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow

MOSCOW, February 15. /TASS/. The coaching staff of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) has recommended a team of 11 national track and field athletes to participate at the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow next month under the neutral status, Head Coach Yury Borzakovsky said on Friday. The list of Russian athletes includes: Maria Lasitskene (high jump), Anzhelika Sidorova (pole vault), Polina Miller (sprint run), Olga Mullina (pole vault), Maria Aglitskaya (sprint run), Ilya Shurenev (decathlon), Ilya Ivanyuk (pole vault), Maxim Afonin (short put), Georgy Gorokhov (pole vault), Alexei Fyodorov (triple jump), Yegor Nikolayev (middle-distance running). In line with the IAAF regulations, the international…

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Russia to play against Swiss, French, Latvian squads at 2019 Euro Ice Hockey Challenge

Russia to play against Swiss, French, Latvian squads at 2019 Euro Ice Hockey Challenge

MOSCOW, February 15. /TASS/. The Russian national ice hockey team is scheduled to play two-match series against the teams of Switzerland, France and Latvia as part of the annual Euro Ice Hockey Challenge, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RHF) announced on Friday. The games between Russia and Switzerland will be played at the Shayba Arena in the Russian resort city of Sochi on April 18 and 20. The double set of matches against France and Latvia will be played by the Russian squad away, however, no information was provided as of yet regarding the venues and the dates. The Euro Ice Hockey Challenge is an…

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Oldest torchbearer participates in Krasnoyarsk Universiade torch relay

Oldest torchbearer participates in Krasnoyarsk Universiade torch relay

© Krasnoyarsk Winter Universiade 2019 Press Service KRASNOYARSK, February 15. /TASS/. The oldest participant of the Krasnoyarsk Universiade torch relay carried the torch through the town of Shushenskoye in the Krasnoyarsk Region, the event organizers told TASS. The torchbearer, Anatoly Dorovskikh, is 83 years old. Eleven torchbearers took part in the Shushenskoye stage of the relay, totaling 1.93 kilometers. “It was sunny, the temperature was at minus 4 (degrees Celsius – TASS), we warmed up after the harsh frost in the north. At this stage, the oldest participant of the Universiade torch relay was carrying the torch – the 83-year-old sportsman Anatoly Dorovskikh,” the organizers informed.…

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Krasnodar ties with Bayer in UEFA Europa League Round of 32

Krasnodar ties with Bayer in UEFA Europa League Round of 32

© Valery Matytsyn/TASS KRASNODAR, February 15. /TASS/. The UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Leg 1 match between Russia’s Krasnodar and Germany’s Bayer ended in a goalless draw on Thursday night. The game, held in Krasnodar, gathered the record number of spectators – 34,827, beating the previous record of 34,652, set on November 4, 2018. Prior to the game, a minute of silence was observed in memory of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash last month. It was the first-ever encounter between the two football clubs. The rematch will be held on February 21 in the German city of Leverkusen. In other…

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Putin says judo helps him to ‘get real’

Putin says judo helps him to ‘get real’

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS SOCHI, February 14. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who attended a judo training in the ‘Yug Sport’ center in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi late on Thursday, told reporters that wrestling helps him to maintain a positive, but realistic vision on the world around him. “It’s a well known medical fact: the level of adrenaline increases in a person who practices physical exercises, so your mood improves, and you take a different look on the world around you. I can probably say that it helps you to get real,” the Russian leader told reporters. During the training, Putin sparred with several…

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