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FIFA Ensures 2018 World Cup Pitch Quality By Banning Concerts Before Tournament

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 18 / 16

FIFA has "blocked rock concerts from being staged in World Cup stadiums" in the weeks before the '18 tournament kicks off in Russia, according to Graham Dunbar of the AP. FIFA passed a rule "to ensure that the field of play is of the highest quality, it shall not be used for a non-football event" fo...

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WADA Calling For 'Serious' Action

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) execs said on Monday that they would call for “serious” action against Russia before the Rio Olympics in August "if a new investigation next month shows evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping," according to Adrian Warner of REUTERS. The Russian team ...

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Russian Track Team Banned From Rio

Russia’s track-and-field athletes will not "be able to compete in this year’s Olympics" after the IAAF upheld an earlier ban, "saying the country’s sports system is tainted by systematic doping," according to Rudnitsky & Weber of BLOOMBERG. By "refusing to reinstate t ...

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Russia Questioning WADA Report

Russia on Thursday "called into question the veracity of a new report" by the World Anti-Doping Agency which accused Russian athletes of still doping, but the country "promised to facilitate the agency's work," according to Dmitry Solovyov of REUTERS. Russia is "bracing itself for a decision" by the ...

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WADA Releases Update On Russia

The World Anti-Doping Agency "appeared to hammer another nail into the coffin of Russian track and field athletes’ hopes of competing in the Olympics on Wednesday by detailing numerous violations of its rules when it tried to take samples in the country" -- including its testers being obstruct ...

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Doping Row Turns Physical

A Russian state TV channel’s interview with journalist Hajo Seppelt "descended into a pushing match as the German lost his patience with the Kremlin-controlled Rossiya network’s line of questioning," according to Jake Rudnitsky of BLOOMBERG. Seppelt, who broadcast a report on Germany&rsq ...

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Mutko: Cover-Up Stories 'Silly Revenge'

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that allegations he had helped cover up a top footballer's positive doping test "were silly and that he and Russia were being smeared as payback for winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup," according to Jack Stubbs of REUTERS. Mutko, who is battling to ...

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ITF Bans Maria Sharapova For Two Years

An Int'l Tennis Federation tribunal on Wednesday suspended Maria Sharapova through Jan. 25, 2018, a sentence she immediately said she would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports. The tribunal suspended her for ingesting meldonium, a substance she had taken legally for years until WADA banned ...

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Mutko Implicated In Doping Allegations

The world athletics task force "that holds the fate of Russia’s track and field athletes in its hands" ahead of the Rio Olympics said that new doping allegations that implicate Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko are a "grave concern" and will be investigated as a "matter of urgency," according to Ow ...

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Eurosport Secures NHL Rights In Russia

The NHL has agreed to a new broadcast partnership with pan-European sports network Eurosport in Russia. Eurosport, a subsidiary of Discovery Communications, secured all broadcast and select multi-platform rights to North America's premier hockey le ...

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14 Russians Test Positive From 2008 Games

Russia’s prospects of "being welcomed back into world athletics in time for the Rio Olympics appear increasingly doomed, with nearly half of a slew of new positive tests from the Beijing Games eight years ago reportedly belonging to competitors from the former Soviet republic," according to Ch ...

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