News agencies have always found a worthy candidate in Russia as being a source of important political, financial, economic and sports news. This country though is known for its volatile environment presently continues to provide significant feed to these news agencies primarily because of 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 with the Russians.
A few of the sports these sports news agencies thrive on are those that surround the sports of rhythmic gymnastics, chess, football, basketball, ice hockey, ice skating and tennis. Of these games, basketball, ice hockey, tennis and chess have helped bring the Russians a lot of glory.
With the end of the Soviet era, the country had to go through a number of changes. These changes reflected in the sports arena too. Football perhaps, was one of many games which was affected greatly from this change. Until the Soviet era, it had been one of the most popular and the most successful of all of the sports which the Russians participated in.
As the Soviet Union got separated into a number of smaller countries, the uniform football sports structure took a hit too. 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 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 once more emerged as a popular sport within the Russians. Russia now 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 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 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 the ULEB cup. Giving basketball competition in popularity is ice hockey. Ice Hockey has been popular sport amongst the Russians ever since the Soviet times as well. In line with its past success, ice hockey continues its dominance amongst the Russians, exporting 30 players to become 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 directed the game by producing some 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 with this sport by winning major events covered by sports news agencies from around the globe such as the Wimbledon, the Olympics, the Davis cup and several other such hallowed tennis championships.