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CIS Cup group participants announced

The draw took place today in the House of Football for the CIS Cup2011 to be held in St. Petersburg in January 14-23, the official siteof the Russian Football Union said.Group A: Inter (Baku, Azerbaijan), Iskra-Stal (Rybnitsa, Moldova),Istiqlol (Dushanbe, Tajikistan), Neftchi (Kochkor-Ata, Kyrgyzstan).Group B: "Tobol" (Kostanai, Kazakhstan) Skonto (Latvia), Mika(Yerevan, Armenia), Bunyodkor (Tashkent, Uzbekistan).Group C: Zenit (St. Petersburg, Russia), Nebitchi (Balkanabat,Turkmenistan), Shakhtar  (Soligorsk, Belarus),Flora (Tallinn,

Armenia names best athlete of 2010

The world and European champion in weightlifting, Tigran Martirosyan,was recognized the best sportsman of Armenia in 2010, the traditionalsurvey of the Armenian Sports Journalists Federation has shown.The second place went to the chess player Levon Aronian, the third -to Arsene Julfalakyan in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Unexpected joy

Unexpected joy

According to polls, almost half of Russian citizens didn’t know about Russia's bid for the 2018 Football World Cup

 Taekwondo in North Ossetia

Taekwondo in North Ossetia

The Russian Taekwondo and Para-Taekwondo Championships started recently in the capital of North Ossetia. It is the first time such an event has been held in Vladikavkaz.

Georgian Times closes

Georgian Times paper has been closed. Caucasus-Press says that the editor-in-chief Nana Gagua and her husband Malkhaz Gulashvili had to move to Russia.Gagua said that the rumors about masked people breaking into the newspaper’s office were false. She said that the main reason for closing the paper was ideological problems. The paper tried to impose its on view on events on the readers. Another problem is the necessity for financial and marketing reorganization.

Sochi Winter Olympics to see 25,000 volunteers

Sochi will boast 25,000 volunteers working at the Winter Olympic Gamesin 2014. The volunteers will be trained at the all-Russian volunteercenters in 26 education institutions, President of the OrganizationCommittee 'Sochi 2014' Dmitry Chernyshenko said, RIA Novosti reports.The 'Volunteer Centers of Russia' contest has concluded its results.26 education institutions (25 higher education centers and acolleague) will have 25,000 volunteers working at the Olympic andParalympic Games in 2014.

"Anji" Makhachkala footballer dies in car accident

Shamil Burziev, a half-back of the football club "Anji" Makhachkala,died in a car accident on the 5th of December. According to reports, the tragedy occurred on the stretch of road from Rostov to Baku. Burziev,together with his friends, was returning from Khasavyurt toMakhachkala. He lost control of the car, and it veered off the road. Shamil and his friend were killed on the spot. Another victim is in hospital.The Dagestani club expresses its condolences to the family of Shamil Burziev.

Yerevan's Punic will not participate in Commonwealth Cup

The Armenian football champion Punik will not take part in theCommonwealth Cup, which starts in Saint Petersburg in January 2011,RIA Novosti reports, citing the executive director of the club, KarenArutyunyan.The competition will be held from January 15 to 23 at thePeterburgskiy sports complex and Zenit sports center. The RussianFootball Union had announced the list of the championshipparticipants, including Punik.Arutyunyan said that the Armenian national team and Punik need toprepare for the coming season.

Russia will build 13 stadiums meeting FIFA norms - Putin

 New stadiums meeting the requirements of FIFA will be constructed in 13 cities in the European part of Russia. Roads, airports and hotels will be improved in these cities, and appropriate lodges for football teams will be created.

Kadyrov proposes holding some World Cup matches in Grozny

Chechnya proposes holding some separate matches of the Football WorldCup 2018 in Grozny, where a sports complex with a stadium for 30,000people will open next year, RIA Novosti reports.Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov also said that football is popular inthe republic. He added that thousands of children and teenagers may beinvolved with football teams at all levels.

Russia and Qatar to cooperate in organizing football championships in 2018 and 2022

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the Emir of Qatar have had atelephone conversation and agreed to unite efforts in organizing theworld football championships in 2018 and 2022, RIA Novosti reports,citing the press-secretary of Medvedev, Natalya Timakova.Medvedev made the call from Krasnaya Polyana, where Russia and Italyare holding inter-state consultations.

Football World Cup to cost Russia 200-300 billion rubles

According to preliminary estimates, the 2018 Football World Cup willcost Russia from 200 to 300 billion rubles. These sums excludeexpenses on infrastructure, Russian Vice-Premier and Minister ofFinances Alexey Kudrin said, RIA Novosti reports. This Thursday Russia won the right to host the 2018 Football World Cupin the second round of voting, receiving the majority of votes ofFIFA.

Kuban to built new sports facilities for 2018 World Football Championship

Krasnodar Territory will have new sports facilities built for the 2018World Football Championship, the Governor of Kuban Alexander Tkachevsaid in an interview with ITAR-TASS.Russia will host the championship in 2018. The matches will be held inMoscow, Podolsk, Saint-Petersburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg,Samara, Yaroslavl, Nizhniy Novgorod, Saransk, Volgograd,Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar and Sochi.The cities will be split into clusters with centers in Moscow,Saint-Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi.

Medvedev says Russia should prepare properly for the Football World Cup

Medvedev says Russia should prepare properly for the Football World Cup Russian president Dmitriy Medvedev is glad about the triumph of theRussian bid to hold WC-2018. He said that the country should prepare for this event properly and play in an appropriate manner, RIA Novostireports.Earlier, Russian prime-minister Vladimir Putin declared to journalists

2018 Football World Cup will take place in Russia.

2018 Football World Cup will take place in Russia.

Russia was selected by the members of executive committee of FIFA to host the 2018 Football World Cup (WC-2018) on Thursday in Zürich, RIA Novosti reports. England and the joint applications of Portugal with Spain and Belgium with Holland as well as Russia contested to hold WC-2018. The fact that Russia was chosen to hold WC-2018 was announced by the head of FIFA, Sepp Blatter.

First Olympic forum finishes in Moscow

The first Forum of Olympians, which was held on November 28 in Moscow, united legendary Soviet and Russian sportsmen, who met to remember the past successes of Russian teams and offer their recipe for victory at the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, RIA Novosti reports.

National football teams of Russia and Iran to have match in February

The Russian National Football Team will play a friendly match with theIranian team on February 9, 2011, RIA Novosti reports, citing thePresident of the Russian Football Union, Sergey Fursenko.It will be the first game of 2011 for the Russian team, supervised byDick Advocaat, and will help prepare for the qualification games forthe European Championship 2012. On March 26 they will have their firstqualifier in Armenia.

Sochi to host 40th Assembly of European Olympic Committees

Sochi has won the right to hold the 40th general assembly of theEuropean Olympic Committees (EOC) in 2011, RIA Novosti reports,quoting the press service of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).The voting took place at the 39th general assembly of the EOC inBelgrade on Friday."We are delighted that Sochi will host the anniversary 40th generalassembly of the European Olympic Committees in 2011. Thecentury-anniversary of the Russian Olympic Committee will add aspecial solemnity and importance to this event. We are looking forward

Russia supports Georgia#039s Youth Olympic Festival bid

Russia supports Georgia's Youth Olympic Festival bid

Russia is supporting the Georgian bid to hold the European YouthOlympic Festival in 2015.

Dark week for Spartak

Dark week for "Spartak"

Over a few days Spartak Moscow lost two crucial games of the season against CSKA Moscow and Olympique Marseille.