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Azerbaijani Olympic uniform gains popularity in London

 Ermanno Scervino (Italy) has started sales of the Azerbaijani Olympic uniform at Long Street for the upcoming games in London, Trend reports on Friday.The boutique manager said that they have almost run out of Azerbaijani uniforms due to intense sales. 

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Azerbaijani climbers start Pamir-2012 expedition

The Azerbaijani mountaineering team of Sirkhan Mamedov (captain), Denis Leusov and Firuz Dadashov flew from Moscow to Dushanbe yesterday. Rufat Gojayev had to quit climbing the Peak of Lenin, only to rejoin the expedition on July 27.They will climb the Peak of Korzhenevskaya (7105 m), the highest in Central Asia, and the Peak of Ismail Samoni (7495).

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Georgia sets highest rewards for Olympic golds

Georgia promises to pay $1.2 million for every gold medal Georgian athletes win. Azerbaijan offers $510,000, Georgia Online reports.Georgia will pay $30,000 for silver medals and $20,000 for bronze. Azerbaijan will pay $225,000 and $128,000 respectively.Kazakhstan will pay $250,000 for gold medals, Russia $125,000, Italy $172,200, Belarus $150,000, Ukraine $100,000, US $25,000 and Germany $18,300.

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Ukraine demands Russia adjust profiles of Olympic athletes

Ukraine has sent a note to organizers of the Summer Olympic Games in London to correct profiles of Russian athletes, Interfax reports.Media reported that some Russian athletes born in Ukraine have “Russia” next to Ukrainian locations in their profiles.Georgia has already filed a similar protest note, because two Russian athletes had their Abkhaz and South Ossetian origins stated as “Russian”.

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London Olympic Games to kick off with football

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games start in London today. The female football teams of the UK and New Zealand will have the first matches of the three-week Olympic Games. The opening ceremony of the 30th Olympic Games was set for July 27.

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Russian Sochi 2014 team to visit London

 The Sochi 2014 team of Russia will visit London to study organization of the Olympic Games. It will visit the Organization Committee and related departments, Yuga.ru reports.About 200 members of Sochi 2014 from the Krasnodar Territory will take part in the studies. Some are being trained at the London 2012 Organization Committee. Training will take 2-5 months, including preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Muslim athletes torn between Ramadan and London Olympics

The Olympic Games in London coincide with the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar, Ramadan (July 20 – August 19), when a Muslim should observe a fast and follow many taboos. About 3 thousand Muslims will come to the Olympic Games from all parts of the world. Many of them face a difficult choice: to continue fasting means becoming less competitive, ITAR-TASS reports.In the majority of Muslim countries, an athlete makes his or her own choice to follow traditions or not.

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The president of Georgia will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on July 27. Mikheil Saakashvili announced the news on Monday at a meeting with Georgian athletes, Trend reports.At the 30 minute-long meeting Saakashvili wished members of the national team success in the Olympic Games in London and promised them serious material awards for medals gained.He said that “the biggest prize sum in the world” will be given for a gold medal (according to unofficial sources, it is $1 million).

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Putin meets Russian Olympic team

Vladimir Putin gave the Russian Olympic team a presidential send-off on Saturday, asking dozens of the country's medal hopes to ensure the national anthem rings out "as often as possible" at the London Games

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Eto’o from Anzhi the world's most highly-paid football player

The forward of Makhachkala Anzhi, Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon, is the most highly-paid football player in the world, ITAR-TASS reports.His salary is 20 million euros annually. Second place is taken by the newcomer to the French side Paris Saint-Germain, Zlatan Ibragimovic,on 14 million euros. The next four places are shared by four football players who get 12 million euros: Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Qualifying draws of European football cups

Today in the Swiss city of Nyon, UEFA conducted a draw for the coming qualifying rounds of the Champions League and the Europa League. Anzhi from Makhachkala will play with the Hungarian team Honved and, if it wins, in the second stage it will meet Bulgaria's Lokomotive or the Dutch team Vitesse. Dynamo Moscow will compete with the Scottish team Dundee United.In the Champions League the winner of the Caucasian teams Neftchi vs Zestafoni will play against the winner of Zhilina-Hapoel.

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Armenian government to reward Olympic champions with cash

The Armenian government will give 20 million drams to champions of the Olympic Games in London, winners of silver medals will get 15 million drams, bronze medals 10 million, as stated by Grachya Rostomyan, Armenian Minister for Sports and Chief Secretary of the Armenian Olympic Committee, NEWS.am reports.The Olympic Committee of Armenia will double the rewards, making 40, 30 and 20 million drams respectively. Coaches will receive 50%of their athletes’ rewards. Teams’ doctors and psychologists will receive the same rewards.

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