News agencies have always found a worthy candidate in Russia as a way to obtain important political, financial, economic and sports news. This country though is known 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 significant source of positive international exposure with it also being one of the favorite pastimes with the Russians.
Some of the sports 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 all these games, basketball, ice hockey, tennis and chess have helped bring the Russians a lot of glory.
Together with the end of the Soviet era, the nation was required to undergo several changes. These changes reflected inside the sports arena as well. Football perhaps, was one of many games which was affected significantly from this change. Up until the Soviet era, it was one of the most popular and also the most successful of all the sports that the Russians participated in.
Since the Soviet Union got separated into a number of smaller countries, the uniform football sports structure took a hit as well. With national teams and clubs turning into 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 variety of its members to this change. Some 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 once more emerged as a popular sport within the Russians. Russia presently has 6 Premier League teams alongside its national football team.
With new finances and sponsorships pouring in, the Russian Premier League is attempting to get back its lost glory. Sports news agencies experienced a field day when Russia made its present felt once again in the Euro 2008 after they overcame Holland in the quarter final match.
Another sport that rose to great heights throughout the Soviet era was basketball. Since then itself, Russia has been a strong contender in this sport, winning several championships. One of the most popular of them have been the Olympics, Basketball World Championships, The Eurobasket and also the ULEB cup. Giving basketball competition in popularity is ice hockey. Ice Hockey has become popular sport among the Russians ever 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 monitor developments from the sports of tennis, chess and ice skating. Many time champions of the Winter Olympics, Russia has led the sport by generating 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 in this sport by winning major events covered by sports news agencies from around the globe like the Wimbledon, the Olympics, the Davis cup and many other such hallowed tennis championships.