Category: Sport

Russian swimmer Prigoda takes gold in China with new WR in men’s 200m breaststroke

Russian swimmer Prigoda takes gold in China with new WR in men’s 200m breaststroke

Kirill Prigoda © EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. Russian swimmer Kirill Prigoda won gold on Thursday in men’s 200m breaststroke event of the 2018 FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Swimming Championships, which is held in China’s Hangzhou between December 11 and 16. Prigoda, 22, covered the distance in 2 minutes 0.16 seconds and set a new World Record in men’s 200m breaststroke event. China’s Haiyang Qin clinched the silver medal finishing just 0.99 seconds behind Prigoda and German swimmer Marco Koch took the bronze with the result of 2 minutes 1.42 seconds. Prigoda’s win on Thursday brought the Russian national team of swimmers its first…

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Austrian police accuse Russian biathletes of ‘blood transfusion fraud’

Austrian police accuse Russian biathletes of ‘blood transfusion fraud’

Alexander Loginov © Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. Austrian police are accusing Russian biathletes of fraudulent schemes involving blood transfusions at the 2017 World Championship, Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov wrote on his Instagram page on Thursday. The athlete posted negative results of his doping tests, noting that the prosecutors had asked that this not be released to the media. “Apparently, it’s not enough for a modern Russian athlete to pass doping tests in order to run. I was already in hot water for something I had not done, and yesterday I and others were accused of some fraudulent schemes with blood transfusions and something else.”…

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IBU did not suspend Russian biathletes from Austrian World Cup, says source

MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. The International Biathlon Union did not suspend Russian biathletes Irina Starykh, Alexander Loginov and Yevgeny Garanichev from the IBU Biathlon World Cup in Austria’s Hochfilzen, a source in the organization told TASS. Russian TV presenter Dmitry Guberniev said earlier on Thursday that Austrian police have accused several Russian biathletes and coaches of violating anti-doping rules at the 2017 Biathlon World Championships. Among them is 2014 Olympic champion Anton Shipulin, Evgeny Garanichev and Alexander Loginov. The list also includes biathletes Alexey Volkov, Irina Starykh, former coach of the Russian national team Alexander Kasperovich, doctors and massage therapists Artyom Kryntsilov, Alexander Selyavkin, Evgeny…

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Syria in search of athletes to compete in next Winter Olympics

DAMASCUS, December 13. /TASS/. Syria plans to take part in the next Winter Olympic Games for the first time in history and searches abroad for athletes that will perform under the Syrian flag, President of the Syrian Olympic Committee Muwafaq Juma said. “We have plans to involve Syrians residing abroad in performing at the Winter Olympics under the Syrian flag. This is search has been unsuccesful so far, but we continue working on this,” Juma said adding that Syria is also working on popularizing winter sports. “Our climate is not cold enough to develop winter sports but the Syrian Olympic Committee plans to expand work…

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Austrian police cannot confirm accusations against Russian biathletes — spokesman

Austrian police cannot confirm accusations against Russian biathletes — spokesman

© EPA/SEBASTIAN WIDMANN VIENNA, December 13. /TASS/. Austria’s Federal Police in Tirol does not have any information about accusations leveled against Russian biathletes over their alleged violation of anti-doping rules during the 2017 World Biathlon Championships in Hochfilzen, police spokesman Stefan Eder told TASS on Thursday. “As of now, we have not received any informaiton on this matter from Hochfilzen,” the spokesman said. He added that they might receive some information about accusations against Russian biathletes in the morning. The main office of Austria’s Federal Police also told TASS that it cannot confirm anything at this point and recommended to wait until tomorrow. Russian TV presenter…

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Russian Embassy in Vienna to examine situation with accusations against Russian biathletes

Russian Embassy in Vienna to examine situation with accusations against Russian biathletes

VIENNA, December 13. /TASS/. The Russian Embassy in Austria has not received any requests in connection to accusations leveled by the Austrian police against Russian biathletes and will examine the situation in detail, Russia’s Ambassador Dmitry Lyubinsky told TASS on Thursday. “The Russian Embassy in Austria did not receive any official reports or requests regarding this situation. According to currently available information, Austrian law enforcement agencies informed the Russian biathlin team which is currently preparing for upcoming championships in Hochfilzen, about the investigation into several Russian biathletes and other members of the team over events of February 2017, when World Biathlon Championship was held in…

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Russian Olympic Committee approves national team’s program for 2022 Games in Beijing

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has adopted a program of preparations for the national Olympic team ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China’s Beijing, ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov said on Wednesday. “We have made one of the most important decisions today and it was the adoption of a program for candidate athletes, who may be bound for the national squad’s roster at the Games in Beijing,” Pozdnyakov told journalists after the ROC authorities’ session in Moscow earlier in the day. “The document was supported by everyone taking part in the debates,” he said. “This document has been also approved…

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Russian Olympic Committee approves national team’s 2022 Games preparations program

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has adopted a program of preparations for the national Olympic team ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China’s Beijing, ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov said on Wednesday. “We have made one of the most important decisions today and it was the adoption of a program for candidate athletes, who may be bound for the national squad’s roster at the Games in Beijing,” Pozdnyakov told journalists after the ROC authorities’ session in Moscow earlier in the day. “The document was supported by everyone taking part in the debates,” he said. “This document has been also approved…

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FINA: Russian swimmers 3rd in mixed freestyle event in China as US grabs gold with new WR

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Swimmers of the Russian national team won bronze on Wednesday in 4×50 meters mixed freestyle at the FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Swimming Championships, held in China’s Hangzhou between December 11 and 16. The quartet of Russian swimmers – Vladimir Morozov, Yevgeny Sedov, Maria Kameneva and Rosalia Nasretdinova – finished the distance in 1 minute 28.73 seconds to take the bronze. The team of swimmers from the United States – Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, Mallory Comerford and Kelsi Dahlia – clocked the distance in 1 minute 27.89 seconds setting a new World Record. The new World Record of the US team…

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International Sambo Federation is in full compliance with WADA Code, says FIAS president

International Sambo Federation is in full compliance with WADA Code, says FIAS president

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. The International Sambo Federation (FIAS) is in full compliance with the requirements of the Code of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), FIAS President Vasily Shestakov said. “We have a letter from WADA confirming that FIAS meets all the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code,” Shestakov told a news conference. “We host different Anti-Doping educational seminars for the athletes and coaches at the international events on a regular basis.” The International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued on November 30 its provisional recognition for Sambo as an Olympic sport, which can help the Russia-originated wrestling to officially enter the Olympic program in the future…

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Russian Olympic Committee’s four-year budget set at $149 million

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. The budget of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) until 2022 has been set at 9.9 billion rubles ($149 million), ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov said at an Olympic session. The ROC’s budget for the next four years was approved by the bureau of the executive committee in November. “The financial plan until 2022 was formed on the basis of reliable sources of financing, and agreements with Gazprom and Nornickel,” Pozdnyakov said. “About 60% will be spent on funding efforts; 24% are earmarked for the administrative and economic portion, including repairs on the ROC’s floors, 13% are tax liabilities, and a little over…

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World Cup tops Google searches this year

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. The World Cup topped Google searches in Russia and worldwide in 2018, the world’s largest search engine said on its official blog on Wednesday. The World Cup, held this summer in eleven Russian cities, was the most searched item in the category News in Russia and worldwide. Former goalkeeper of the Russian team Igor Akinfeev, striker Artem Dzyuba and midfielder Aleksander Golovin were among top three popular searches in the category 2018 World Cup Names. The Russians also showed interest in Croatia’s Luka Modric and French striker Kylian Mbappe. Among top five events of the year in searches across Russia were…

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Lokomotiv out of European leagues after losing to Germany’s Schalke

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Lokomotiv Moscow lost 0:1 to Germany’s Schalke during the sixth and final round of the UEFA Champions League group stage and missed its chance to qualify for this season’s Europa League. The only goal in the game was scored by Alessandro Schopf on the 90th minute. Schalke, the runner-up in Group D with 11 points, had already booked a place in the playoff round of the UEFA Champions League. Lokomotiv’s hopes to continue its European football season depended on a victory over Schalke and Galatasaray’s failure to defeat the group’s frontrunner Porto (16 points). After the final matchday, Lokomotiv is ranked…

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Russian sports chief Kolobkov suggests initiative of organizing CIS Games in Kazan in 2020

MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov has voiced to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko an initiative of organizing the first ever Games of the Commonwealth of the Independent States (CIS) in Russia’s Kazan in 2020. President of Belarus Lukashenko and Russian Sports Minister Kolobkov met for a bilateral meeting earlier in the day in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The Russian minister suggested that the first-ever CIS Games might be held in the Russian city of Kazan in 2020. “I am sure that the organization of such large-scale sports event will become an obvious example of the strength of sports as a universal…

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Belarus President Lukashenko invited to attend 2019 Winter Universiade in Russia

MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov has invited Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to attend the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk next March, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. President of Belarus Lukashenko and Russian Sports Minister Kolobkov met for a bilateral meeting earlier in the day in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. “The organization of major international sports tournaments is one of the most important factors, which influence the development of the sports sector,” the statement quoted Sports Minister Kolobkov as saying. “We are ready to share with Belarus our experience, which will be useful [for Belarus] in…

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WADA views International Sambo Federation as one of best in fight against doping abuse

WADA views International Sambo Federation as one of best in fight against doping abuse

MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has recognized the International Sambo Federation (FIAS) as one of the most efficient world sports federations in terms of the fight against doping abuse, FIAS President Vasily Shestakov said on Tuesday. “We are in constant work on the fight against doping abuse,” Shestakov said speaking at a news conference, hosted by TASS on Tuesday. “We have a letter from WADA, which acknowledges that FIAS is one of the best sports federations in terms of the fight against doping abuse.” “We constantly hold lectures for athletes, help WADA to negotiate with other federations and this fact speaks…

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Russian weightlifter Apti Aukhadov announces comeback after serving suspension term

Russian weightlifter Apti Aukhadov announces comeback after serving suspension term

Apti Aukhadov © AP Photo/Andrew Medichini MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/. Russia’s Apti Aukhadov, the 2013 World Weightlifting Champion, told TASS on Tuesday he was set to come back to sports after the New Year holidays as he had served his suspension for the violation of anti-doping rules. The 26-year-old Russian weightlifter is also the 2013 European Championship in the under-85kg weight category, but until recently he had been serving a suspension term imposed over abuse of performance enhancing drugs. “It is more likely that I will be joining the training camp after the New Year celebrations as I am already preparing to take part in the…

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Sambo wrestling’s path to enter Olympic program ‘is difficult, but possible’, says chief

Sambo wrestling’s path to enter Olympic program ‘is difficult, but possible’, says chief

MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/. It will be difficult for the Sambo wrestling to make its way into the program of the Olympic sports, but chances are still on the table due to this sport’s audience appeal, Vasily Shestakov, the president of the International Sambo Federation (FIAS), said on Tuesday. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued on November 30 a temporarily recognition for the Sambo wrestling as an Olympic competition, which can help the sport to officially enter the Olympic program in the future and to secure an annual financial assistance on behalf of the IOC. “Today, Sambo wrestling is a sustainable sport,” Shestakov said speaking…

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WADA auditors embark on scheduled check of Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s activity

WADA auditors embark on scheduled check of Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s activity

© Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/. Auditors of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have started a scheduled examination of the activity of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), RUSADA Deputy Director General Margarita Pakhnotskaya told TASS. On September 20, the WADA Executive Committee reinstated RUSADA under the condition that WADA’s experts will get access to the data of the examination of doping tests from the Moscow laboratory that was closed down due to the federal investigation. The Russian side will also have to transfer all suspicious doping tests from the laboratory for reverification before June 30, 2019. It was later declared that WADA will carry out…

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Russia’s Olympic chief praises restored relations with International Olympic Committee

MOSCOW, December 10. /TASS/. Relations between the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the world’s governing Olympic body, the IOC, have been restored in full and are on the path of the mutual understanding development, ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov announced on Monday. “Following an indefinite break the ROC received an invitation for the Olympic summit, which was attended by only three National Olympic Committees, namely from Russia, Chinas and the United States,” the official website of the ROC quoted Pozdnyakov as saying in a statement. “It was an extra proof that our [ROC’s] relations with the IOC have been restored in full and they are developing…

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Chief of world’s fencing body Usmanov hails IOC drive for gender equality in sports

Chief of world’s fencing body Usmanov hails IOC drive for gender equality in sports

FIE President Alisher Usmanov © Alexei Nikolsky/Russian presidential press service/TASS PARIS, December 10. /TASS/. The president of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) told TASS that he hailed the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) drive toward gender equality in sports, but believed that this initiative should run a natural path. Heated discussions regarding gender equality in the FIE erupted last Saturday during the annual FIE Congress, held this weekend in Paris. Delegates of the Congress came up with a proposal to fix the female representation in the FIE at the mark of 30%. A decision on the proposal was eventually suspended. “I treat women in sports with great…

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Father of Russian hockey: 100 years since the birth of Anatoly Tarasov

Father of Russian hockey: 100 years since the birth of Anatoly Tarasov

Soviet national ice hockey team head coach Anatoly Tarasov, 1979 © Sergei Metelitsa/TASS Soviet ice hockey team head coach Anatoly Tarasov and players Yuri Chichurin and Yuri Blinov, 1971 © Valentin Sobolev/TASS Anatoly Tarasov and goalkeeper Vladislav Tretyak, 1972 © Viktor Budan/TASS Soviet national ice hockey team: goalkeepers Viktor Konovalenko and Vladislav Tretiak, Vitaly Davydov, Valeri Kharlamov, Vladimir Vikulov, Boris Mikhailov, Igor Romishevsky, Anatoli Firsov, Igor Samochernov, Vladimir Petrov, Viktor Polupanov, Alexander Ragulin, coach Anatoly Tarasov, Alexander Martynyuk, Vyacheslav Starshinov, Yuri Reps, Valery Nikitin, Vladimir Shadrin, Alexander Yakushev, Yevgeny Mishakov, Vladimir Lutchenko, Evgeniy Paladiev, Alexander Maltsev and head coach Arkady Chernyshov, 1670 © Valentin Sobolev, Alexander Yakovlev/TASS Coaches of…

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Monument to venerated hockey coach Anatoly Tarasov unveiled in Moscow

Monument to venerated hockey coach Anatoly Tarasov unveiled in Moscow

© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS MOSCOW, December 10. /TASS/. A monument dedicated to Anatoly Tarasov, a distinguished Soviet-era hockey coach, who would have turned 100 years old on Monday, has been unveiled in Moscow, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene. The memorial was installed in front of the CSKA Ice Palace. Anatoly Tarasov’s daughter, prominent Russian figure skating coach Tatyana Tarasova, took part in the ceremony. The CSKA Moscow team led by Tarasov became the Soviet Union’s champion 18 times (1948-1950, 1955, 1956, 1958-1960, 1963-1966, 1968, 1970-1973, 1975), while the country’s national squad won the world championships nine times in a row (1963-1971) and the Olympic Games…

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Film stars Thurman, Jovovich and Delon are honorary ambassadors of fencing

Film stars Thurman, Jovovich and Delon are honorary ambassadors of fencing

Mila Jovovich © Arthur Mola/Invision/AP PARIS, December 10. /TASS/. World’s legendary film stars Uma Thurman, Mila Jovovich and Alain Delon are the honorary ambassadors of the sport of fencing as they brought it closer to the youth making it more understandable, President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Alisher Usmanov told TASS. The French capital of Paris hosted this weekend the annual FIE Congress, which was also dedicated to the 105th anniversary of the world’s governing body of fencing. The honorary guests of the event in Paris included President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, heads of National Olympic Committees (NOCs), sports ministers from…

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Russian figure skaters win bronze in Grand Prix pairs event

VANCOUVER, December 9. /TASS/. Russian figure skaters Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov won bronze in pairs event during the ISU Grand Prix 2018 in Canada’s Vancouver. The Russian duo gained 214.20 points in the short and free skating programs. Tarasova and Morozov are bronze medalists of the 2017 World Championship and silver medalists of the 2018 World Championship and two-time champions of the European Championship in 2017 and 2018. The pair won silver in team competitions at the PyeongChang Olympic Games. France’s Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres won gold with 219.88 points, breaking their own world record in free skating program (148.37 points). They became…

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Russian ice dancers second in Grand Prix tournament

VANCOUVER, December 9. /TASS/. Russian figure skaters Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov won silver with 201.37 points during the ISU Grand Prix 2018, staged in Canada’s Vancouver. Gold medals were taken by Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue from the United States (205.35 points). Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri from Italy took bronze with 198.65 points. In other media

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Russian juniors swept podium in Junior Grand Prix finals

Russian juniors swept podium in Junior Grand Prix finals

Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov © Sergey Bobylev/TASS VANCOUVER, December 9. /TASS/. Russian juniors swept the podium at the ISU Grand Prix 2018, staged in Canada’s Vancouver. Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov won gold with 190.63 points in total among pairs. Polina Kostiukovich and Dmitrii Ialin were second (189.53). Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov took bronze with 186.59 points. In Ice Dance, all the three medals were also won by Russian figure skaters. Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko received gold medals with 170.66 points, followed by Arina Ushakova and Maxim Nekrasov with 170.65 points and Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Nikita Nazarov (164.54 points). Stephen Gogolev won the…

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Russian figure skater Kostornaya won Junior finals

Russian figure skater Kostornaya won Junior finals

Alena Kostornaya © Sergey Bobylev/TASS VANCOUVER, December 9. /TASS/. Alena Kostornaya from Russia won the Junior finals of the ISU Grand Prix 2018 in Canada’s Vancouver. The 15-year old figure skater had 217.98 points. Russia’s Alexandra Trusova won silver with 215.20 points and Alena Kanysheva was third with 198.14 points. In other media

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Russia’s Zagitova second in Grand Prix finals

Russia’s Zagitova second in Grand Prix finals

Alina Zagitova © Sergey Bobylev/TASS VANCOUVER, December 9. /TASS/. Rika Kihira from Japan won the Ladies ISU Grand Prix 2018 staged in Canada’s Vancouver. Russia’s 2018 Olympic champion in figure skating Alina Zagitova was second. Kihira earned 233.12 points in total of two programs. Zagitova received 226.53 points. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva from Russia wins bronze with 215.32 points. Kaori Sakamoto from Japan is fourth, having 211.68 points. Sofia Samodurova from Russia is at the fifth position with 204.33 points. In other media

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Russia’s figure skater Gumennik wins silver at Junior Grand Prix Final in Vancouver

Russia’s figure skater Gumennik wins silver at Junior Grand Prix Final in Vancouver

Russia’s figure skater Petr Gumennik © Sergei Bobylev/TASS VANCOUVER, December 8. /TASS/. Russia’s junior figure skater Petr Gumennik won silver in men’s singles at the 2018-19 Junior Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating in Vancouver. Gumennik, aged 16, earned 218.75 points. Canada’s figure skater Stephen Gogolev, aged 13, won the title with 233.58 points. Japan’s Koshiro Shimada finished third with 214.38 points. US figure skater Camden Pulkinen, who was leading after the short program, fell during his free skate and finished fifth. The 2018-19 Junior Grand Prix Final will finish in Vancouver on December 9. In other media

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