Under fire Russia pledges to boost fight against racism
Under fire Russia pledges to boost fight against racism

Russia`s sports minister Vitaly Mutko promised Thursday that the country will step up measures against racism ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup after a fresh race row hit its Premier League. 

Brazil's Hulk fears 'ugly' racism at World Cup in Russia
Brazil's Hulk fears 'ugly' racism at World Cup in Russia

Brazil and Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk says racist comments are made by spectators at almost every match played in Russia and he fears "gross and ugly" racism could mar the 2018 World Cup finals.

Russia in no danger of losing 2018 World Cup, says sports minister Vitaly Mutko
Russia in no danger of losing 2018 World Cup, says sports minister Vitaly Mutko

There is no threat of Russia being stripped of the World Cup due to the impending change of FIFA president or the FBI probe into alleged corruption at world football`s governing body, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday.

Sepp Blatter to attend World Cup draw in Russia on July 25
Sepp Blatter to attend World Cup draw in Russia on July 25

FIFA president Sepp Blatter will attend the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw in St Petersburg on July 25, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Tuesday.

Fabio Capello facing sack as Russia manager
Fabio Capello facing sack as Russia manager

Under-fire Fabio Capello`s reign as Russia manager looks doomed after the country`s sports minister said a decision on the Italian`s future had already been taken.

Russian fans start fund-raising to sack Fabio Capello
Russian fans start fund-raising to sack Fabio Capello

A group of Russian football lovers has started a fund-rising campaign aimed at collecting the sum of 21.4 million euros ($24.2 million) needed to buy the national squad manager Fabio Capello out of his contract.

Russia`s doping no worse than Europe, says minister
Russia`s doping no worse than Europe, says minister

Russia`s sports doping rate is no worse than in other European countries and it has made a "colossal" effort to catch cheats, the country`s sports minister said Tuesday.

Fabio Capello job on the line in Euro campaign, says Sports Minister
Fabio Capello job on the line in Euro campaign, says Sports Minister

Russia`s coach Fabio Capello will have to save the country`s campaign to reach the 2016 European Championships to stay in the job for the 2018 World Cup, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Tuesday

WADA takes 3000 samples from Russian athletes
WADA takes 3000 samples from Russian athletes

London, Dec 24 (IANS) World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) officials investigating rampant doping among Russian athletes have collected around 3,000 samples from the country, according to media reports Wednesday.

Fabio Capello under fire but staying on as Russia coach
Fabio Capello under fire but staying on as Russia coach

Fabio Capello has dismissed speculation that he is about to lose his job as manager of Russia amid a run of poor results for his side.

Russia to reduce foreigners to boost national sides
Russia to reduce foreigners to boost national sides

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko announced Wednesday that Russia will gradually reduce the number of foreign players, the prevalence of which in the country`s sports clubs has been seen as harming the performance of national teams.

Keep 2018 World Cup standard high despite money crunch: Dmitry Medvedev

Despite financial limitations, Russia must organise the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the same high standards as set during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday.

Russia rechecks 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums

Three Russian cities are rechecking their existing and prospective stadiums for 2018 FIFA World Cup after the governing body of international football hinted it may cut the number of arenas.

Capello keen to stay on as Russia coach

Russia manager Fabio Capello has said he will discuss the details of a new contract on Tuesday with Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko.

IOC seeks clarity on Russia`s anti-gay law

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) wants more clarifications from the Russian government on its anti-gay law ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Russia to be top sports power by 2018: Sports Minister

The glut of sporting events to come to Russia over the next six years will turn the country into the undisputed "leader of world sport," Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said.

Russian sports minister praises Capello for national team`s success

Italian coach Fabio Capello has played a key role in the success of Russia`s national football team, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said.

Russia doubles World Cup cost forecast to $20 billion

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Sunday the 2018 Football World Cup is projected to cost $19.2 billion, nearly double the initial forecasts.

Kremlin to honour Russian Olympic team

Russian athletes returning from the London Olympics will be honoured at the Kremlin, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has said

London Olympics 2012:Russian lifter mysteriously pulls out of Olympics

Russian weightlifter Dmitry Klokov has withdrawn from the Olympics for unspecified medical reasons, the country`s sports minister said Saturday.