<Discussions could take place between representatives from both sides, for instance, and then the IAAF could rule a city may be most suited to a particular event, such as the IAAF World Indoor Championships or an age group event.


Over a million people have fled eastern Ukraine since the fighting broke out there in 2014. However, football continues in Ukraine, even for a team like Zorya Luhansk, who now play their home games a long way from home.


Today the IAAF issued a new set of rules titled as below for Russian athletes who want to compete in 2017 IAAF-sanctioned events:


In an interview with The New York Times, Anna Antseliovich has spoken out against an institutional conspiracy surrounding the doping of Russian athletes. She has, however, rejected any government involvement.


From time to time, we at Global Voices translate texts that appear on the Russian Internet, when writers capture something peculiar about the world, as seen by the denizens of the RuNet. Most of our content has to do with politics and social issues, but that’s not a rule, and today’s installment concerns the wild world of American hockey, as witnessed by Andrew Ivakhov, a young man from Ukraine now living in Los Angeles. He recently attended a matchup between the L.A. Kings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he was treated to a show he didn’t expect (or entirely enjoy). 

The 2017 FIBT World Championships was to become Russia’s first ever international sporting event dedicated to this category. Russia’s Sanki complex at Krasnaya Polyana is the most advanced bobsled route in the world to this date. The route cost nearly 8 billion rubles (approximately $131,000) to build and the last major competition it saw was Europe’s 2015 luge championship. [Photo: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP / Scanpix / LETA]


<The report's author Richard McLaren (centre) said doping took place on "an unprecedented scale"

<Richard McLaren’s final report into doping in Russia will be released on December 9 at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London.

"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have recommended the Championships shouldn’t be in Russia and that is something I would stand by and support," Olympic skeleton gold medalist Lizzy Yarnold [seen in photo] says.


Maksim Belitsky, the head of the International School of Sports Management in Moscow, says that the experience of European countries is that “more than 70 percent of the revenue” from stadiums comes from their main intended use – soccer – rather than for anything else. Thus, he suggests, Russia’s regions and cities may be left with facilities they will be expected to maintain even though many of them are already on the edge of bankruptcy.

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