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On March 23, in Moscow Olympic Sports Complex "Luzhniki", the tournament on mini-football "Football Nowruz", organized as a part of the citywide festival Nowruz 2013, was held under the motto "Friendship of Peoples, Football Fraternity"

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 Turkish President Abdullah Gul said yesterday that Istanbul was ready to host the Olympic Games of 2020.The president reminded that Istanbul was a major center for trade, finances and culture. The games in 2020 could become the first Olympic Games organized by a Muslim state. 

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 Roman Wilfand, head of the Russian Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Agency, said that the Olympic Games in Sochi will have all the snow they need, ITAR-TASS reports.The specialist noted that the weather was unusual in Sochi this year, but that does not mean it would be the same the next year. He reminded that artificial snow was made for the Winter Olympic Games of Vancouver in 2010.Wilfand added that snow will be prepared beforehand, in case the same situation as the weather in Vancouver happens. 

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Russia vs. Northern Ireland match cancelled in Belfast

 The Russia vs. Northern Ireland football match for the Mundial-2014 Cup in Belfast has been cancelled due to bad weather today, Mikhail Mossakovsky of NTV+ said on Twitter.Belfast is having a storm with heavy snow and wind reaching a speed of 40km/h. The stadium is being cleared of snow, but the weather remains severe. 

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 For the Winter Olympic Games in 2014, the city of Sochi will get religious centers for believers of the five major religions of the world, the head of the department of the international zone and recreational activities of the "Sochi-2014" Organizing Committee Vitaly Savilov said.  "Buildings with religious premises will be open in all three Olympicvillages," Savilov told a meeting today of the Interreligious 

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 Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s behavior may cause a punishment for Grozny Terek FC, according to article 101 of the disciplinary regulations (punished with a fine of 500,000 rubles or 1-5 games without spectators), ITAR-TASS reports.On the 87th minute Rizvan Utsiyev of the Terek FC was removed from the game. The score was 0:0. Kadyrov got outraged by the decision of arbiter Mikhail Vilkov and insulted the referee.Sergey Cheban, Executive Director of the Russian Premier League, said that a commission for control and discipline will study the case.

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Sochi skiing arena to move to Stavropol Territory after Olympic Games

 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak supervising preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games of 2014 approved the program for exploitation of sports facilities after the Games, Vedomosti reports.All facilities built by Olimpstroy will be under control of the Sports Ministry.The ice-hockey arena will be under control of authorities of the Stavropol Territory. The Central Stadium with 40,000 seats in Sochi will be under control of the Krasnodar Territory for sports competitions and concerts.

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Football with Gia Saralidze. Part 202. UEFA Cups

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Azerbaijani flag over Israeli stadium

Author: Peter Lyukimson, Israel. Exclusively for Vestnik KavkazaMore than 250 athletes from 25 countries participated in the 11thinternational rhythmic gymnastics tournament "Grand Prix - 2013" in the Israeli town of Holon.The former Soviet Union was represented at the tournament by teamsfrom Latvia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Uzbekistan and Russia. Azerbaijanwas represented at the tournament by three gymnasts - Jala Piriyeva,Leila Yusifova and Aisha Mustafayeva.When the gymnasts appeared on the carpet, Azerbaijanis present in the

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"Anji-Arena" in Makhachkala ready to host its first match

The stadium "Anzhi-Arena" in Makhachkala will very soon  host its firstfootball fans, the press service of the Makhachkala football clubreports. Large-scale reconstruction of the former "Khazar" stadiumis complete. It was expected that the "Anzhi-Arena" would be ready by spring2012, but the reconstruction took more time.The stadium has been recognized as a first category pitch. It has allthe necessary equipment, the executive director of the Russian PremierLeague, Sergey Cheban said.The new arena can accommodate more than 30,000 people.

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Russia has launched the training of 25 thousand Olympic volunteers. The training will take place in Moscow, Krasnodar and Sochi, the president of the organizing committee "Sochi 2014," Dmitry Chernyshenko said.For the first time in the Olympic history trainings will take place not only in the host city, but also across the country, in 26 centers of recruitment of volunteers in 17 cities, from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg.

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Azerbaijan and Greece to lobby wrestling in Olympic program together

Azerbaijan and Greece will cooperate in lobbying wrestling as part of the Summer Olympic Games, the first deputy head of the Greek Foreign Ministry, Dimitris Kurkulas announced today after his trip to Azerbaijan.Kurkulas assured Azerbaijan that Greece is ready to assist Azerbaijan in holding the first European Olympic Games.

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