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 recognized for its unpredictable environment currently continues to provide significant feed to these news agencies primarily for its contribution in sports. Sports in Russia have been a major source of positive international exposure with it also being one of the popular pastimes of the Russians.
Some of the sports that these sports news agencies thrive on are the ones that revolve around the sports of rhythmic gymnastics, chess, football, basketball, ice hockey, ice skating and tennis. Of these games, basketball, ice hockey, tennis and chess have brought the Russians a lot of glory.
Together with the end of the Soviet era, the country had to undergo several changes. These changes reflected inside the sports arena too. Football perhaps, was one of many games that was affected significantly from this change. Up until the Soviet era, it had been probably the most popular and the most successful of all the sports which the Russians took part 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 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. A few of the premier clubs also dwindled since they lost their government funding and were left in need of adequate sponsorship. Nevertheless, with changing times, football yet again emerged as being a favorite sport amongst the Russians. Russia presently has 6 Premier League teams alongside its national football team.
With new finances and sponsorships flowing in, the Russian Premier League is trying to regain its lost glory. Sports news agencies had a field day when Russia made its present felt once more in the Euro 2008 after they defeated 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 sport, winning several championships. One of the most popular of them happen to be the Olympics, Basketball World Championships, The Eurobasket and the ULEB cup. Giving basketball competition in popularity is ice hockey. Ice Hockey has become popular sport amongst the Russians since the Soviet times as well. In line with its past success, ice hockey continues its dominance between the Russians, exporting 30 players to become part of the National Hockey League.
Sports news agencies also monitor developments in the sports of tennis, chess and ice skating. Many time champions in the Winter Olympics, Russia has directed the sport by generating some of the worlds best pair and ice dancing skaters.
Tennis also has had a huge contribution from Russia. A number of the worlds greatest mens and womens tennis champions have been Russians. These Russians have gone on to make their mark in this sport by winning major events covered by sports news agencies from across the world like the Wimbledon, the Olympics, the Davis cup and many other such hallowed tennis championships.