Trungelliti’s 1,000km 11th hour roadtrip ends in Grand Slam win

By Ossian Shine PARIS, May 28 : Marco Trungelliti’s 1,000km midnight roadtrip dash to Paris, squeezed into a small car alongside his kid brother, his mother and his grandmother, ended in Grand Slam joy at Roland Garros on Monday — and a guaranteed 79,000 euros ($92,000) payday. The Argentine’s 11th-hour journey from Barcelona, and the […]

India leaving no stone unturned in Tokyo preparation: Rathore

By Anupam Pratihary Undated May 9 : A former champion shooter himself, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore knows how lack of infrastructure can scuttle Olympic dreams and the Indian sports minister is determined to ensure his athletes get the best possible preparation for the Tokyo Games. In an interview with Reuters, Rathore said the government was “leaving […]

South Korea mulls joining Sochi skeleton boycott

By Nataly Pak SEOUL, Dec 13 : South Korea, host nation of the next Winter Olympics, is considering pulling out of next year’s bobsleigh and skeleton world championships in Sochi after Latvia decided to boycott the event in protest at Russian doping. Skeleton Latvia said on Monday it would be boycotting the Feb. 13-26 event […]

Doping scandal rocks Russian sport but Putin’s ratings look safe

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Jul 22 : Having your athletes barred from the Olympics because your government stands accused of systematically covering up doping would trigger a political firestorm in many countries, hurting the standing of the person at the top. But in Russia, months away from parliamentary elections at a time of economic crisis, […]

Trusted allies: why Putin won’t fire sports minister over doping scandal

By Denis Pinchuk and Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, Jul 21 : President Vladimir Putin risks personal humiliation if all Russian competitors are banned from the Rio Olympics over doping, as now seems possible; yet the man on whose watch this may happen, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, is not being fired. The reason: Mutko has delivered victories […]

Trusted allies: why Putin won’t fire sports minister over doping scandal

By Denis Pinchuk and Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, Jul 21 : President Vladimir Putin risks personal humiliation if all Russian competitors are banned from the Rio Olympics over doping, as now seems possible; yet the man on whose watch this may happen, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, is not being fired. The reason: Mutko has delivered victories […]