Japanese double Olympic judo gold medallist Masato Uchishiba lost his appeal Wednesday against a five-year jail sentence for raping a teenage student. The Tokyo High Court upheld a lower court's verdict, rejecting his repeated claim that the sex was consensual, but Uchishiba's defence counsel immediately appealed the case to the Supreme Court.
The FIFA World Cup 2014 draw took place in Brazil. The Russian national team ended up in Group H alongside Belgium, South Korea and Algeria. The majority of experts believe that luck favored Russians and it has real chances to advance from its group.
On December 6, the World Cup 2014 draw was held in the Brazilian city of Costa do Sauipe. Team Russia found itself in Group H, its opponents will be South Korea, Belgium and Algeria.
FIFA honoured the late South African leader Nelson Mandela at the start of the World Cup draw in the north-eastern Brazilian resort of Costa do Sauipe.
World Cup organisers on Friday opened the draw ceremony for next year's finals in the Brazilian resort of Costa do Sauipe. A total of 32 teams qualified for the finals and they will be drawn into eight groups of four. Join us live as we find out Russia's fate and all the groups for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Russian women's pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva asked President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to encourage one of the country's super-rich tycoons to build a new sports stadium in her native city.
Russia’s first Formula One Grand Prix race will take place in Sochi on October 12, 2014, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) reports on its website.
The Olympic flame in the Sochi arena, which will host the opening ceremony of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games, will be started from the torch, which has visited the International Space Station (ISS), the Sochi 2014 organizing committee said in a press release.
A presentation of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi was held in the Brussels headquarters of the European Parliament. It was organized by the Russian permanent mission to the EU and member of the European Parliament from Bulgaria, famous sportsman Slavi Binev.
Sochi has marked 100 days before the start of the 2014 Winter Paralympics, due from the 7th to the 16th of March. This will be the first time that Russia has hosted Paralympic Games. A record-breaking 72 sets of medals will be up for grabs in five different sports, namely cross-country skiing, sledge hockey, biathlon, alpine skiing and wheelchair curling.
Two people were killed and another injured Wednesday by the collapse of a crane on the site of a Sao Paulo stadium that will host the opening game of next year's World Cup, authorities said.
Former German football federation DFB president Theo Zwanziger has described the decision to give the 2022 World Cup to Qatar as "one of the biggest mistakes ever made in sport."
President Vladimir Putin will visit Sochi on November 27-29 to inspect the final stages in the preparations for the 22nd Winter Olympic Games and the 11th Winter Paralympic Games to be held in 2014, the Kremlin press service has reported.
Sir Philip was re-elected as president of the International Paralympic Committee at the IPC General Assembly, which was held in Athens. It will be his fourth and final term as President, a position which sees him direct and lead the Paralympic movement worldwide, the Telegraph reports.
At the Russian leg of the ISU Grand Prix series, which was held in Moscow from November 22nd to 24th, Russian figure skaters won four medals - two golds and two silvers. The membership of the Russian team, which will take place in the final series, due to be held in Japan in early December, was defined on the results of the competitions in Moscow. In Japan Russia's figure-skaters will participate in all the four types of the programme.
Thousands of people in a typhoon-devastated Philippine city forgot their misery for a brief moment Sunday as they watched Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao pummel Brandon Rios to clinch victory by unanimous decision.
No holds barred if one seeks to make one’s dream come true. A Venezuelan skier, Cesar Baena, has written a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a bid to ensure that his request for competing in the forthcoming Sochi Olympics will be granted. The athlete failed to qualify for the FIS final and became ineligible for Olympic competition. The International Olympic Committee has declined his request for a personal invitation to the Games. But Baena is not about to give in, he has decided to call attention to his problem via the media. We, at the Voice of Russia, believe we could prove helpful.
The sixth and final stage of the international series of the ISU Grand Prix in figure skating Rostelecom Cup kicks off in Moscow. On November 22 - 24, the strongest figure skaters of the world will compete for the last tickets to the finals of the series. Despite the fact that several days before the start of the competition, Olympic champion of Turin Evgeni Plushenko refused to take part in it, figure skating fans will not be left without a show.
The first skeleton sled - its present-day model - was invented by a British citizen. Similar sledges were used by the Indians of North America as well as by Norwegian sailors. However, among those who added much to the popularity of skeleton as an Olympic sport were the former USSR citizens. Three representatives of the now defunct Soviet Union are ready to compete for the first place in skeleton at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Moscow doping laboratory came up with a new method to detect the steroid oral turinabol, the drug of choice in the state-run doping programme of former East Germany and still used mainly in eastern Europe. Around 100 more positive tests than in 2012 has been recorded. The Cologne laboratory has also seen the number of positive drug tests for anabolic steroids double from 200 to 400 this year thanks to refined test methods. Nikolai Durmanov, a well-known anti-doping expert and the former head of the anti-doping service of the Olympic Committee of the Russian Federation, gave VoR his insight into the new method.