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MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised Khabib Nurmagomedov as a "strong, tough fighter" after the unbeaten Russian retained his UFC lightweight title.Putin met with Nurmagomedov and the fighter's father Abdulmanap in Russia on Thursday, and said he watched ...
Sep 13, 2019
MOSCOW - The head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency has asked President Vladimir Putin for help in getting key doping data released to World Anti-Doping Agency inspectors.WADA reinstated the suspended RUSADA in September on the condition Russian authorities hand over ...
Dec 28, 2018
MOSCOW - Vladimir Putin welcomes soccer luminaries to the Kremlin on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) for a World Cup draw that provides a global audience for the Russian president to attempt to burnish the image of a country scandalized by sports corruption.By ...
Dec 1, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - What Vladimir Putin wants, Vladimir Putin tends to get.The Russian president made it a national priority to win hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup in a fierce FIFA bidding contest seven years ago.On Saturday (Sunday, Manila ...
Jun 18, 2017
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin says the hack of Olympic athletes' data has cast a spotlight on a "hypocritical" decision to bar Russian athletes from the Rio Paralympics.Putin spoke Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) as the hackers' group known as Fancy ...
Sep 20, 2016
MOSCOW - Luxury cars, apartments, even a racehorse - being an Olympic medalist in Russia can come with great material rewards but also controversy.Under President Vladimir Putin, it's become a tradition for Russia's Olympic heroes to be showered with ...
Aug 27, 2016
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin attacked the ban on his country from the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics as immoral and inhumane on Thursday (Friday, Manila time), while six Russian athletes launched a bid to compete at next month's games as ...
Aug 26, 2016
AMID the scandal in Fifa, Sepp Blatter deserves praise and even the Nobel prize, says Russia's president Vladimir Putin.In an interview aired by the Swiss broadcaster RTS, Putin praised Blatter's leadership in Fifa and said he doesn't believe ...
Jul 28, 2015
SOCHI, Russia - It's designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more ...
Feb 7, 2014
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Within minutes of being elected to the top job in the Olympics, Thomas Bach got a phone call from a powerful leader he'll work with closely in the next few months: Russian President Vladimir Putin.Bach, a ...
Sep 11, 2013
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