Seoul Mulls Co-Hosting 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics With N Korea – Sports Minister

Seoul Mulls Co-Hosting 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics With N Korea – Sports Minister

© AP Photo/ David J. PhillipRussian Olympic Committee Accepts Invitation to Partake in 2018 Pyeongchang Winter GamesMOSCOW (Sputnik) – The South Korean authorities are discussing possible ways of co-hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games with North Korea, newly appointed South Korea's Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong Hwan said Wednesday. “North Korea says the Masikryong Ski Resort was built according to global standards, and I intend to discuss this [carrying out some Olympic events there] with [North Korea's delegate to the International Olympic Committee] Chang,” Do said during his visit to the headquarters of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, as quoted by The Chosun Ilbo.
Do said he was also planning to discuss the possibility of forming a unified Korean women's team for ice hockey with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, who is scheduled to attend the closing ceremony of the World Taekwondo Championships in Sout..

Cristiano Ronaldo Summoned to Appear Before Spanish Judge Over Tax Issues

Cristiano Ronaldo Summoned to Appear Before Spanish Judge Over Tax Issues

On Tuesday, a Spanish judge ordered Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the highest-scoring players in the history of the game, to appear in court on July 31, according to Yahoo News.
© Photo: PixabayReport Slams European Failure to Tackle Money Laundering Despite Panama Papers Alongside compatriot Jose Mourinho, Ronaldo joins an elite group of soccer players, including Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, who have been convicted of tax evasion and fraud, as wealthy sports professionals come under increased financial scrutiny.
Mourinho has been accused of defrauding Spain of some $3.7 million by, according to a Spanish prosecutor, using shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to “hide profits made from image rights.”
As sports leaders are increasingly in demand to promote a wide range of products and services, their payment — and ballooning investments — are typically made through a complicated series of marginally legal offshore financial entities.
Ronaldo was accused last week of ..

FIFA President Impressed With Fisht Stadium – Russia-2018 Organizing Committee

FIFA President Impressed With Fisht Stadium – Russia-2018 Organizing Committee

SOCHI (Sputnik) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino was largely impressed with his visit to the Fisht Stadium in Russia's Sochi which hosts the Confederations Cup, “Russia-2018” Local Organizing Committee Venue Manager Andrey Markov said Tuesday.
© Sputnik/ Vladimir PesnyaRussia Defeats New Zealand at 1st Match of FIFA Confederations CupOn Monday, the German football team defeated the Australian team with a score of 3:2 at the Confederations Cup in Sochi. Infantino became the guest of the match, but before the game he examined the stadium. “I personally accompanied Infantino at the Fisht stadium. We walked through all the zones of the stadium. He was impressed and satisfied with conditions provided for all FIFA's client groups. We worked hard in order for everyone to feel comfortable,” Markov said.
The Confederations Cup kicked off on Saturday and will last through July 2 in the Russian cities of Kazan, Sochi, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Russia, New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico, ..

Unusual Type of Wrestling That Vladimir Putin Wants to See in 2020 Olympics

Unusual Type of Wrestling That Vladimir Putin Wants to See in 2020 Olympics

Athletes sit in front of each other, propping their feet against a board and holding a wooden stick called a “mas” in their hands. The athlete who wrests the stick from the hands of his or her opponent becomes the winner.
In a final report, released after the 2015 World Wrestling Championship, Russian President Vladimir Putin backed the idea of including mas-wrestling on the list of Olympic sporting disciplines.

Putin also noted that mas-wrestling represents a diverse culture of the peoples of Russia.
© Flickr/ DanielJapan May Cut Spending on 2020 Olympics by $9BlnAccording to the Russian leader, it is important to spread more information about the sporting discipline, so that it becomes popular not only in Russia, but also in other countries worldwide. Mass-wrestling is already well known in the US, where it is especially popular among women. Following the report, Russian politician of Korean origin Alexander Kim, a presidental candidate for Russia's Yakutia, told South Korea..

Russia Defeats New Zealand at 1st Match of FIFA Confederations Cup

Russia Defeats New Zealand at 1st Match of FIFA Confederations Cup

© Sputnik/ Vladimir PesnyaPutin Thanks FIFA for Helping Russia in Arranging Confederations Cup Featuring Continents' Strongest TeamsST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — The game was scored with an own goal by New Zealand's Michael Boxall at the 31st minute of the game. Fyodor Smolov scored for Russia at the 69th minute. The Russian national team will play with the Portuguese team, which is acting Europe's champion, on June 21 in Moscow. New Zealand's team will play with Mexico on the very same day in the Russian resort city of Sochi.
The Confederations Cup kicked off on Saturday and will last through July 2 in the Russian cities of Kazan, Sochi, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Besides Russia and New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico, Cameroon, Chile, Australia and Germany have also sent their national teams to participate in the cup.

Putin Thanks FIFA for Helping Russia in Arranging Confederations Cup

Putin Thanks FIFA for Helping Russia in Arranging Confederations Cup

ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) – Putin also stressed Russia’s “responsibility and decisiveness to hold the Confederations Cup at the top level.”
“For the first time in history, our state, Russia, hosts the continents’ strongest teams. First of all, let me express gratitude to [FIFA President] Gianni Infantino for being committed to the sport ideals and for helping in the preparations of this landmark event,” Putin said at the opening ceremony of the cup.
© AFP 2017/ Javier SorianoTop 7 Football Stars That Will Shine Bright at Russia's Confederations Cup (PHOTOS)Putin expressed confidence that the foreign visitors would see Russia as a welcoming and outward-looking state. The opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup between Russian and New Zealand football teams has started in St. Petersburg.
The Confederations Cup will be held from June 17 to July 2 in the Russian cities of Kazan, Sochi, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Besides Russia and New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico, Cameroon, Chile,..

Confederations Cup 1st Match Between Russia, New Zealand Kicks Off in St. Pete

Confederations Cup 1st Match Between Russia, New Zealand Kicks Off in St. Pete

© AFP 2017/ Javier SorianoTop 7 Football Stars That Will Shine Bright at Russia's Confederations Cup (PHOTOS)MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The game started at 06:00 p.m. local time [15:00 GMT] at St. Petersburg stadium. The Confederations Cup will be held from June 17 to July 2 in the Russian cities of Kazan, Sochi, St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Besides Russia and New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico, Cameroon, Chile, Australia and Germany have also sent their national teams to participate in the cup.

2018 World Cup: Iranian Fans Can’t Wait to ‘Fill Up’ Russian Stadiums

2018 World Cup: Iranian Fans Can’t Wait to ‘Fill Up’ Russian Stadiums

© Sputnik/ Igor ZaremboDespite BBC Chiller-Diller Iranian Football Fans Eager to Go to 2018 World Cup in RussiaInterviewed by Sputnik, football fans from across Iran said how happy and proud they feel about their team. They also said that no Western threats would prevent them from coming to Russia to root for their national squad. They said that Russia fully deserves the honor of hosting football’s premier event, that sport and politics are entirely different things, and that they are sure that Russia will provide maximum security guarantees for both the participants and guests of the 2018 World Cup.
Pouria from Lorestan: “I’m happy that the Iranian team will be going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which is our neighbor. I’m sure to go there to support our national squad. I’m not afraid of going to Moscow or any other city in Russia.”
Manila from Tehran: “Of course I’m happy that our team is going to play at the 2018 World Cup. It’s a great honor for all of us here in Iran. I’m not..

Top 7 Football Stars That Will Shine Bright at 2017 Russia’s Confederations Cup

Top 7 Football Stars That Will Shine Bright at 2017 Russia’s Confederations Cup

© Sputnik/ Evgeny Biyatov2017 FIFA Confederations Cup: Facts and FiguresThe tournament will involve the following teams: Russia (host country), Germany (2014 World Cup winner), Australia (Asian Cup winner), Chile (American Cup winner), Mexico (CONCACAF Gold Cup holder), Portugal (European champion), Cameroon (Africa Cup of Nations winner) and New Zealand (OFC Nations Cup winner). Chile and Russia will debut at the Confederations Cups. Take a look at world famous football stars that are set to participated in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
Cristiano Ronaldo
© AP Photo/ Paul WhiteReal Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal celebrates after scoring against Racing Santander during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid © Fotobank.ru/Getty Images/ Picture Perfect: Ronaldo's Face Graces the Wall in the Russian City of Kazan (PHOTOS)The Portuguese footballer who plays as a forward for the Spanish Real Madrid club has been probably ..

FIFA Confederations Cup Opening Ceremony Starts in Russia’s St. Petersburg

FIFA Confederations Cup Opening Ceremony Starts in Russia’s St. Petersburg

© Sputnik/ Evgeniy BiyatovFIFA Confederations Cup: Facts & DetailsST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) – The first match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m local time (15:00 GMT) on Saturday, whereas the opening ceremony had begun two hours earlier. The Confederations Cup will be held from June 17 to July 2 in the Russian cities of Kazan, Sochi, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Besides New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico, Cameroon, Chile, Australia and Germany have also sent their national teams to participate in the cup.
Earlier on Saturday, the organizing committee of the 2018 World Cup, also dealing with the Confederations Cup, informed that Russian low-income citizens, including families with many children, orphans and disabled people, will be able to visit the Confederations Cup matches for free.

FIFA Confederations Cup: Facts & Details

FIFA Confederations Cup: Facts & Details

© Sputnik/ Evgeniy BiyatovRussia to Hold 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup at High Level – KremlinMOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Confederations Cup is a football tournament held under the aegis of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). A total of eight countries are participating in the Confederation Cup: the host country, the current winner of the FIFA World Cup and winners of six continental competitions organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
The Confederations Cup was preceded by the King Fahd Cup held in Saudi Arabia twice in 1992 and 1995. The first tournament involved four teams: Argentina, Cote d’Ivoire, Saudi Arabia and the United States. The cup was won by Argentina, whi..

Swiss Prosecution Conducts 25 FIFA Corruption Probes

Swiss Prosecution Conducts 25 FIFA Corruption Probes

© Sputnik/ Evgeniy BiyatovSome 60% Confederations Cup Tickets Sold in Russia on Tournament's Eve – FIFAMOSCOW (Sputnik) — The office of the Swiss attorney general (OAG) said Friday it was conducting 25 separate investigation related to the world football’s governing body FIFA. “The OAG is conducting around 25 separate investigations in football-related cases, and is in the process of analyzing seized documents containing some 19 terabytes of data,” the office said in a statement.
On Friday, Swiss prosecutors concluded the first and only FIFA-related criminal probe in the country, two years after opening investigations in the football cases.
The attorney general’s office said a former Swiss banker was convicted for forgery and failing to report money laundering. These offenses brought him $650,000 in illegal proceeds.
To date, Swiss investigators have received 178 reports of suspected money laundering transactions connected to football investigations.
FIFA found itself embroile..

Don’t Go, Ronaldo: Footballer May Leave Real Madrid Over Tax Evasion Charges

Don’t Go, Ronaldo: Footballer May Leave Real Madrid Over Tax Evasion Charges

Earlier in June, Spanish prosecutors accused the 32-year-old footballer of failing to pay 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) in image rights, instead using a shell company to hide his income. Ronaldo's agency, Gestifute, denied the accusations on his behalf.
Spain has been targeting footballers for tax evasion in recent years. Ronaldo's eternal rival for the title of Best in the World, FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, was found guilty of tax fraud in July 2016. Other Real Madrid players like midfielder Xabi Alonso, defender Ricardo Carvalho and winger Angel Di Maria were also charged with tax evasion in December.
While sentences for first-time tax offenses in Spain are almost always suspended, Ronaldo may face prison time if convicted since he is accused of owing significantly more than Messi did.
© Fotobank.ru/Getty Images/ Picture Perfect: Ronaldo's Face Graces the Wall in the Russian City of Kazan (PHOTOS) According to sources close to the player, Ronaldo is ince..

Qatar Denies Diplomatic Row With Saudi Arabia Will Scupper World Cup in 2022

Qatar Denies Diplomatic Row With Saudi Arabia Will Scupper World Cup in 2022

© AP Photo/ Osama FaisalQatar Must Stop Using Media, Including Al Jazeera, for Aggression Toward Bahrain – AmbassadorOn June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, citing Doha's alleged support of terrorism. Several Gulf states have imposed a de facto transport blockade against Qatar and there have been concerns Qatar, which depends heavily on food imports, may end up facing a severe food shortage.
Qatar's national football team could face disciplinary action from FIFA after its players warmed up for a World Cup 2018 qualification match against South Korea wearing T-shirts showing support for the country's Emir.
© AFP 2017/ Karim JaafarQatar's national team players wear t-shirts bearing portraits of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, in support the Qatari leader in the ongoing diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar and other Gulf countries as they warm up prior to their World Cup 2018 Asia qualifying football m..

Russia to Hold 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup at High Level – Kremlin

Russia to Hold 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup at High Level – Kremlin

© Sputnik/ Evgeniy BiyatovSome 60% Confederations Cup Tickets Sold in Russia on Tournament's Eve – FIFAMOSCOW (Sputnik) — The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will be held in Russia at a high level, Russia has done huge preparatory work for that, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday. “There are all grounds to believe that everything should be successful, at the appropriate high level,” Peskov told reporters.
Moreover, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin confirmed that Moscow is fully prepared to host the FIFA Confederations Cup tournament, set to kick off on Saturday.
The FIFA Confederations Cup will be held in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan from June 17 to July 2. Four football matches will take place at the FC Spartak's stadium dubbed Otkritie Arena, located in the city's northern area of Tushino on June 18, 21, 25 and July 2.
“Moscow is fully prepared to host the Cup of Confederations, the main football championship of 2017. The Cup's key events, set to t..

Some 60% Confederations Cup Tickets Sold in Russia on Tournament’s Eve – FIFA

Some 60% Confederations Cup Tickets Sold in Russia on Tournament’s Eve – FIFA

© Sputnik/ Ramil SitdikovFan ID for 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup: What It is and How to Get OneST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — Samoura estimated the number of tickets sold at 480,000 total, 44,000 of which have been bought for the Confederations Cup's opening Russia-New Zealand fixture on Saturday. Speaking at a press conference in St. Petersburg, the venue of the upcoming opening match, Samoura noted that tickets for next Wednesday's Russia-Portugal game have been sold out weeks ago.
The eight-team 2017 Confederations Cup will kick off on June 17 and continue through July 2 in the Russian cities of Kazan, Sochi, St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Floyd Mayweather to Take on Conor McGregor in $100Mln ‘Megafight’ in Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather to Take on Conor McGregor in $100Mln ‘Megafight’ in Las Vegas

IT'S OFFICIAL!!! https://t.co/ND07Ixugs2 pic.twitter.com/JpqFW5WbcB
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) 14 June 2017 ​McGregor, who is 28 and from Ireland, is a legend in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). But he is a complete novice as a boxer.
Mayweather retired undefeated two years ago, after defeating Andre Berto and his great rival Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines.
He is now 40 but there have been persistent rumors over the last year that he would come out of retirement to take on McGregor in a pay-per-view fight which will make them both extremely rich.
Mayweather, whose nickname is Money, has always emphasized that he is only in the sport for the cash and insisted he had no interest in beating Rocky Marciano's record of 49 victories.
Marciano, who was world heavyweight champion in the 1950s, retired undefeated and died in a plane crash in 1969.
Mayweather's victory over Pacquiao was his 49th win.
Now he has finally agreed to meet, McGregor in a bo..

Defiant Qatar Players Face FIFA Fine for Wearing T-Shirts Bearing Emir’s Face

Defiant Qatar Players Face FIFA Fine for Wearing T-Shirts Bearing Emir’s Face

UAE and Saudi Arabia have cut ties with Qatar over claims they support extremism. Wearing a #FCB shirt in UAE could land you a £110k fine 👀 pic.twitter.com/faUb7QsnC4
— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) 9 June 2017 ​FIFA has a strict rule against displaying “political symbols” during matches and last year England were fined 45,000 euros (US$50,000) for wearing poppies on armbands to commemorate Armistice Day during a match against Scotland.
On Tuesday (June 13) night Qatar were playing South Korea in a vital qualifying match for next year's World Cup in Russia.
Before the game — which they won 3-2 — the Qataris players donned white T-shirts bearing portraits of the country's ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
Midfielder Hasan al-Haydos also waved the T-shirt to the cheering crowd after he put the Qataris 1-0 up from a free-kick in the 25th minute.
بداية مباراة منتخبنا الوطني ومنتخب كوريا الجنوبية ضمن التصفيات الاسيوية المؤهلة الى #كأس_العالم pic.twitter.com/sEKMQm..

Welcome! Moscow Confirms Foreign Fans to Visit 2018 FIFA World Cup Visa-Free

Welcome! Moscow Confirms Foreign Fans to Visit 2018 FIFA World Cup Visa-Free

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In April, the Russian parliament adopted amendments to the country's legislation, easing the process of football fans to enter Russia from other countries during the Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup. On May 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law amending the corresponding legislation.
“In order to ease entry for foreign football fans to Russian territory during sports events such as the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russian legislation has been amended. [Under these amendments] they would need only a passport and a fan ID in print copy. Therefore, foreign football fans would not need to attain visas,” Ivanov said.
© Sputnik/ Nina ZotinaTournament of Champions: Stan Collymore Looks Ahead to FIFA Confederations Cup in RussiaThe official added that people would be able to obtain fan IDs either via mail or through different football associations and clubs, while citizens of the countries that already have visa-free regimes..

No Way NBA Champs Golden State Warriors to Visit White House, Reports Say

No Way NBA Champs Golden State Warriors to Visit White House, Reports Say

In case Steph Curry, Kevin Durant & Co. still want to make a trip to the nation’s capital, however, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent out an invitation of her own.
CNBC, among others, reported after the Warriors defeated Lebron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in expeditious fashion — taking down the defending NBA champs in just five games — the celebrations would not continue at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 13, 2017 ​Veteran power forward David West told The Undefeated’s Mark Spears he would “probably” decline any invitation to the residence occupied by a man who said Mexican immigrants brought “drugs” and “crime” to the US and continues to try to push through a travel ban targeting Muslims — an executive order that every court that has had a chance to view, including a federal court in the Warriors’ home town of San Francisco, has assessed as unconstitutional.
Following his Superbowl victory in February, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Bra..

Boxing’s Cold War: Why the Russians Are Striking Fear Into Fighters Worldwide

Boxing’s Cold War: Why the Russians Are Striking Fear Into Fighters Worldwide

Although Golovkin is from Kazakhstan, his father is Russian. The heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions are stuffed full of Russian fighters – Alexander Povetkin, Alexander Ustinov, Denis Lebedev, Murat Gassiev, Andrey Fedosov – and there are a number of young tyros coming through who might make it big, including unbeaten middleweights Artur Osipov and Andrey Sirotkin.
So what is behind the boom in Russian boxing?
Former world middleweight champion Richie Woodhall said the Soviet Union, along with Cuba, had dominated amateur boxing for many years and won lots of Olympic medals.
Professional boxing was banned until the fall of communism.
“Pro boxing in Russia is still in its infancy, but in terms of amateur boxing they have been a colossal nation for years,” Woodhall told Sputnik.
“It’s a massive country and they have lots of boxers and some brilliant coaches. They always do the basics very well and when they box internationally they are used to a variety of styles,” he added.
Wo..

Olympics 2020: IOC Cuts Number of Weightlifting Athletes Amid Doping Scandals

Olympics 2020: IOC Cuts Number of Weightlifting Athletes Amid Doping Scandals

© Flickr/ Ophella Noor Japan Eyes Recycling of E-Waste to Make 2020 Tokyo Olympics MedalsMOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the IOC Executive Board held an extraordinary meeting in Lausanne and approved changes in the program of 2020 Olympic Games, applied to 15 sports. In particular, the IOC adjusted the program of weightlifting competitions among men, eliminating one weight category for the sake of gender equality. “All must remain compliant with the Olympic Charter and the World Anti-Doping Code… We have sent a strong signal to weightlifting by reducing the quota for athletes for Tokyo 2020,” Bach was quoted as saying by insidethegames.biz news portal.
Bach stressed that the IWF should convince the IOC that it was taking steps to cope with “massive doping problems” in the sport.

WADA Confirms Clearing Russian Fencers of Doping Charges

WADA Confirms Clearing Russian Fencers of Doping Charges

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed Friday it would not challenge the decision of the international fencing federation FIE to clear Russian fencers implicated in the McLaren report of doping charges, in a comment to R-Sport.
“The Federation Internationale d’Escrime (FIE) provided WADA with its decision not to assert ADRVs [anti-doping rule violations] against the 27 Russian fencing athletes named in the Report. Following WADA’s review of the FIE’s decision and the supporting evidence, no further action will be taken by the Agency,” the sports agency said.
© Sputnik/ Pavel LisitsynIOC Head Hopes Investigation Into Russia Doping Case to End Before 2018 Winter OlympicsIn November 2015, the WADA Independent Commission issued a report accusing Russia of numerous breaches of global anti-doping regulations and recommended the country be banned from international athletics competitions. WADA also suspended Russia-based anti-doping lab operations run by the RUSADA..

European Parliament Supports Bid of Paris to Host 2024 Olympics

European Parliament Supports Bid of Paris to Host 2024 Olympics

© AP Photo/ Shizuo KambayashiFukushima to Host Some 2020 Olympics Events to Recover From Nuclear Disaster – OrganizersMOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the French delegation headed by the country's Sports Minister Laura Flessel and Bernard Lapasset, the co-chairman of the Paris bid committee, visited Brussels and presented the bid to the European Parliament's Sport Intergroup. According to the insidethegames.biz website, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, as well as the co-presidents of the Sport Intergroup expressed their support to the bid.
The International Olympic Committee is expected to choose the host city of the 2024 Olympics from Paris and Los Angeles during the session in Lima. If the French capital wins the right to host the 2024 Olympics, this would be the third Olympic Games in Paris, as it was the host city in 1900 and in 1924.

Calls For More Screening After Former Premier League Footballer Drops Dead

Calls For More Screening After Former Premier League Footballer Drops Dead

Tiote, who only joined Beijing Enterprises earlier this year, fell ill while training on Monday (June 5) and passed away shortly after.
Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has died in China, his agent confirms.
He was 30 years old.
RIP pic.twitter.com/AqbMIvPsSU
— B/R Football (@brfootball) 5 June 2017 ​He was 30 and was part of the Ivory Coast squad that won the African Cup of Nations in 2015.
In April 44-year-old Ugo Ehiogu, a former England defender, suffered a cardiac arrest and died while coaching Tottenham Hotspur's youngsters at their training ground in north London.
Mourners bid late footballer, Ugo Ehiogu farewell (Photos)https://t.co/drCpX4Bg1d pic.twitter.com/VdPh6sHw2U
— #Happenings (@Happenings9ja) May 11, 2017​ In 2012 Fabrice Muamba, of Bolton Wanderers, survived after collapsing in the warm-up shortly before a match live on television at Tottenham. He spent several weeks in hospital and was forced to retire from the game.
Patrick Ekeng, from Camer..

World Cup 2018 Poised to Attract Record Number of Chilean Tourists

World Cup 2018 Poised to Attract Record Number of Chilean Tourists

Representatives of the Mundo Tour, a Chilean FIFA authorized travel agency, told Sputnik Mundo that the sales of tours to the World Cup 2018 in Russia may even rival the number of sales for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
“According to our estimates, the demand for Russia will be greater than for South Africa (host of the World Cup 2010). We see that people use this opportunity to learn more about Russia and Europe, unlike before when they usually purchased the more standard ‘see the games and go’ kind of tours. Many people intend to stay for several days,” Maria Jose Cabrera, head of the Mundo Tour planning and control department, said.
This year the Chilean national football team, La Roja, will take part in the Confederations Cup tournament, which is also being held in Russia, for the first time ever. This development prompted the travel agency, which represents Chile at FIFA events for the last 20 years, to offer the so called ‘double package’ – tours to the Confederations Cup..

Warm Welcome for Everyone: Russian Football Official Greets Fans

Warm Welcome for Everyone: Russian Football Official Greets Fans

© Sputnik/ Iliya PitalevUK Tabloid Uses Slavic Festival Video to Illustrate Russian Football Fans' “Brutality”Russian Football Union's anti-racism and anti-discrimination inspector and former captain of the Russian national team Alexey Smertin addressed the football fans ahead of FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, saying that there will be a warm welcome for everyone, who comes to support their national team. “It is important to send a message to every football fan and enthusiast, who is planning to come to Russia to support their national team and support football, that there will undoubtedly be a warm welcome, we will be glad to see everyone,” Smertin said in an interview to RT TV channel.
The comment comes after an incident, when some of the participants of the Carnival Sochi Fest parade were marching with their faces painted black and carrying bananas, less than a month ahead of a Confederations Cup game between Russia and Cameroon.
“Russia follows a zero-tolerance policy to..

Sochi Mayor Dismisses Mainstream Мedia Reports of ‘Racist’ Carnival

Sochi Mayor Dismisses Mainstream Мedia Reports of ‘Racist’ Carnival

Lolade Adewuyi a Cameroonian student of Russia’s International Olympic University, earlier posted on Twitter a photo of the participants of the Carnival Sochi Fest parade, with their faces painted black and carrying bananas, marching down the city’s main street less than a month ahead of a Confederations Cup game between Russia and Cameroon.
Black face & bananas — this is how Cameroon was presented at the Sochi carnival on Saturday ahead of Fifa Confederations Cup Russia in June. pic.twitter.com/aB7dRes0gZ
— Lolade Adewuyi (@Jololade) May 30, 2017 ​
© Sputnik/ Nina ZotinaPutin Orders Boosting of Security for FIFA Confederations Cup 2017“Black face & bananas — this is how Cameroon was presented at the Sochi carnival on Saturday ahead of FIFA Confederations Cup Russia in June,” Adewuyi wrote. The photograph prompted London’s Guardian to stoke up fears of racist manifestations at Russian stadiums and raise questions about whether non-white fans and players will be safe during internati..

Bad Medicine: Tiger Woods’ Arrest Due to Prescription Drugs

Bad Medicine: Tiger Woods’ Arrest Due to Prescription Drugs

Woods, one of the highest paid sports professionals in history, was released on his own recognizance on Monday, after a traffic stop just eight miles from his home found him asleep at the wheel of his 2015 Mercedes while the motor ran and the right indicator light flashed. Subsequent sobriety tests showed him to be intoxicated, leading to his arrest in Palm Beach County, Florida.
© Photo: PixabayPro-Vaccines, Anti-Mercury: Robert De Niro, Robert Kennedy Launch Campaign Against Big Pharma Now, new details have have emerged, revealing that there was no trace of alcohol in his system. Instead, the intoxication seems to have come from the medications prescribed to Woods to manage pain related to his four back surgeries over the past two years.
Updates to Wood's police report document a potent cocktail of pharmaceuticals prescribed to the sports pro, including the painkiller Vicodin and several anti-inflammatory drugs, among them Solarex, Torix and Vioxx. The report noted that Vioxx ..

Bad Drive: Tiger Woods Arrested for DUI

Bad Drive: Tiger Woods Arrested for DUI

According to the Palm Beach County sheriff's office, Tiger Woods, one of the highest paid athletes of the past century, was taken into custody on Monday morning after a traffic stop revealed him to be intoxicated — whether from alcohol, pharmaceuticals, or a combination was not reported at the time.
© AP Photo/ David BeckerBernie Sanders Demands Investigation of Big Pharma Pushing Opioid Drugs Woods, one of the most successful golfers in the history of the sport, was stopped at around 3 a.m. local time in Florida, taken into custody at 7 a.m. and released on his own recognizance at 11 a.m., AP reports.
The celebrated golf pro was driving a 2015 Mercedes, which was picked up and driven from the scene by a Woods associate after police cancelled a call to a tow yard prior to his release.
The evening after the arrest, Woods said alcohol was not involved in the incident in a statement. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction..

Stan Collymore Looks Ahead to FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia

Stan Collymore Looks Ahead to FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia

Russia will host the FIFA Confederations Cup football tournament for the first time this year as a prelude to next year’s FIFA World Cup. Four Russian cities will serve as venues of the event that will take place from June 17 to July 2.
Radio Sputnik discussed the upcoming event with former English football player, leading pundit and RT's special host for FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 coverage – Stan Collymore. According to Collymore the importance of this event cannot be overstated.
“For the players, for the coaches, for the managers this is the tournament of champions – for every single one of the eight nations. So it’s is very much a tournament for players to familiarize themselves with their surroundings and start a long slog as a footballer one year out for the biggest show on Earth which is the FIFA World Cup,” Collymore said.
He also dismissed concerns raised by certain media outlets about Russian football hooliganism allegedly posing a serious threat to foreign tourists ..

Russian World Champion Figure Skater Performs Anime Dance on Japanese TV

Russian World Champion Figure Skater Performs Anime Dance on Japanese TV

Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva has been making a name for herself around the world lately, with two world-champion titles, all at the young age of 17.
© Sputnik/ Vladimir PesnyaYevgenia Medvedeva (Russia) during the exhibition gala of the 2017 ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating in Tokyo, Japan What really makes Medvedeva stand out from the rest of the competition, though, is her unabashed love of anime, which has won her legions of fans throughout Japan.
Evgenia has recently performed in a Sailor Moon anime costume in a show on Japanese TV. The video has been posted by Russia's Olympic Committee.
Еще одна порция зажигательных танцев @JannyMedvedeva на японском ТВ-шоу💃💃💃👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/nnmBosq8F9
— Olympic Russia (@Olympic_Russia) 28 мая 2017 г. ​Her passion for anime was most recently on display last month at the World Team Trophy in Figure Skating competition in Tokyo, where she skated to the original opening theme from Sailor Moon while dressed as the schoo..

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