Popular sports covered by Russian news agencies

News agencies have always found a worthy prospect in Russia as being a source of important political, financial, economic and sports news. This country though is known for its volatile environment presently continues to provide significant feed to these news agencies primarily because of its contribution in sports. Sports in Russia have been a major source of positive international exposure with it also being among the favorite pastimes with the Russians.

Some of the sports that these sports news agencies really enjoy are those that surround the sports of rhythmic gymnastics, chess, football, basketball, ice hockey, ice skating and tennis. Of all these games, basketball, ice hockey, tennis and chess have brought the Russians a lot of glory.

With the end of the Soviet era, the country had to go through several changes. These changes reflected in the sports arena too. Football win every time perhaps, was one of the games which was affected significantly by this change. Until the Soviet era, it was one of the most popular and the most successful of all the sports which the Russians participated in.

Since the Soviet Union got divided into a number of smaller countries, the uniform football sports structure took a hit as well. With national teams and clubs becoming private enterprises, the Russian team as a part of the Russian Premier League was affected rather badly. This league was at par with its European contemporaries lost a number of its members to this change. Some of the premier clubs also dwindled as they lost their government funding and were left in need of adequate sponsorship. Nevertheless, with changing times, football yet again emerged as a popular sport amongst the Russians. Russia presently has six Premier League teams alongside its national football team.

With new finances and sponsorships flowing in, the Russian Premier League is trying to get back its lost glory. Sports news agencies had a field day when Russia made its present felt once again in the Euro 2008 when they overcame Holland in the quarter final match.

Yet another sport that rose to great heights during the Soviet era was basketball. Since that time itself, Russia has become a strong contender in this particular sport, winning several championships. One of the most popular of them happen to be the Olympics, Basketball World Championships, The Eurobasket and also the ULEB cup. Giving basketball competition in popularity is ice hockey. Ice Hockey has been popular sport among the Russians since the Soviet times too. In line with its past success, ice hockey continues its dominance amongst the Russians, exporting 30 players to be a part of the National Hockey League.

Sports news agencies also keep track of developments in the sports of tennis, chess and ice skating. Many time champions in the Winter Olympics, Russia has directed the game by producing a few of the worlds best pair and ice dancing skaters.

Tennis has had a huge contribution from Russia. A number of the worlds greatest mens and womens tennis champions are actually Russians. These Russians have gone onto make their mark with this sport by winning major events covered by sports news agencies from around the globe such as the Wimbledon, the Olympics, the Davis cup and many other such hallowed tennis championships.