Over 2.3mn tickets requested for Russia 2018 World Cup in latest sales phase

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 15:53 Edited time: 21 Dec, 2017 15:57 More than 2.3 million tickets for the FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia have been requested since the first window of the second sales phase began on December 5. The phase will continue until January 31, and fans from around the world can apply for individual match tickets for ...

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Venus Williams cleared of wrongdoing over fatal car crash

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 14:26 Tennis player Venus Williams has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a case related to a car crash in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida last June, which resulted in the death of a 78-year-old passenger. Neither Williams nor Linda Barson, who was driving the car that crashed into the passenger side of the multiple Grand ...

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US Olympic champion gymnast paid ‘hush money’ in Nassar sex abuse scandal

US Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney has filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics alleging that she was paid to keep quiet about sexual abuse suffered at the hands of the team’s disgraced former doctor Larry Nassar. Maroney spoke of ‘systematic sexual abuse’ by Nassar, who worked for nearly 30 years as the team doctor, under the pretext of medical treatment. ...

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IOC releases Olympic kit requirements for Russian athletes

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 12:55 The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released a set of requirements related to “uniforms, accessories and equipment” for Russian athletes competing at the 2018 PyeongChang Games under a neutral flag. Following a meeting with members of the suspended Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), the IOC published a list of kit instructions for Russian team members ...

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‘This is your last opportunity’ – IPC to Russian Paralympic Committee

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has said its delay over the final decision on the Russian Paralympic Committee’s (RPC) PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games suspension is the “last opportunity” for the RPC to meet criteria. IPC Media & Communications Director Craig Spence relayed the message in an interview with RT from IPC headquarters in Bonn, Germany.  Read more Spence said that ...

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Inspiring teenage quadruple amputee aiming to become racing driver

British teenager Isabelle Weall has set her sights on becoming a racing driver – despite having all four limbs amputated due to meningitis – after receiving an offer to join a motor racing group comprised of disabled drivers. The 14-year-old, known as Izzy, contracted the disease at the age of seven, which tragically caused her to suffer a heart attack ...

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Pawn-ographic? Chess world divided on ‘suggestive’ Russian-designed logo for World Championships

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) logo for the 2018 World Chess Championships has come under fire from fans and grandmasters alike for its slightly saucy design, which has seen it likened to a Kama Sutra position. The logo, the brainchild of Russian studio ‘Shuka Design,’ features two bodies wrapped around each other in somewhat suggestive stances with a chessboard in ...

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‘We’re disappointed by the IPC’s decision’ – Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov has expressed disappointment over the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) verdict to prolong the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC). “A positive aspect [of the IPC ruling] is that all Paralympic athletes competing in qualifying events will continue performing,” Kolobkov told TASS on Wednesday. “The IPC has postponed making a decision on Russian participation in ...

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International Paralympic Committee prolongs suspension of Russia’s membership

Published time: 20 Dec, 2017 10:02 Edited time: 20 Dec, 2017 10:42 The International Paralympic Committee has kept Russia’s suspension in force, but said that the final decision on the Russian team’s participation in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will be made in January. Read more The decision comes after the Russian Olympic team was barred from participating in the ...

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‘Conor McGregor should be stripped of his belt’ – Khabib Nurmagomedov

Published time: 20 Dec, 2017 00:07 Edited time: 20 Dec, 2017 00:16 Russian UFC lightweight, Khabib Nurmagomedov says current division champion Conor McGregor should be stripped of his belt, which he hasn’t defended since his title victory in November 2016. Nurmagomedov, 29, who is scheduled to fight at the co-main event of UFC 219 in Las Vegas, Nevada on December ...

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