News agencies have always found a worthy prospect in Russia as a way to obtain important political, financial, economic and sports news. This country though is recognized for its volatile environment currently 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 among the favorite pastimes of the Russians.
Some of the sports these sports news agencies really enjoy are those that surround 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 brought the Russians a lot of glory.
With the end of the Soviet era, the nation had to go through a number of changes. These changes reflected inside the sports arena too. Football perhaps, was one of the games that was affected significantly by this change. Until the Soviet era, it was one of the most popular and the most successful of all of the sports which the Russians participated in.
Since the Soviet Union got divided into several smaller countries, the uniform football sports structure took a hit too. 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 that change. Some of the premier clubs also dwindled as they lost their government funding and were left in need of adequate sponsorship. Nevertheless, with changing times, football yet again emerged as a popular sport amongst the Russians. Russia now has six 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 experienced a field day when Russia made its present felt once more in the Euro 2008 when they overcame 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 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 among the Russians since the Soviet times as well. In keeping with its past success, ice hockey continues its dominance between the Russians, exporting 30 players to be a part of the National Hockey League.
Sports news agencies also keep track of developments in the sports of tennis, chess and ice skating. Many time champions of the Winter Olympics, Russia has led the sport 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 have been Russians. These Russians have gone onto make their mark in this sport by winning major events covered by sports news agencies from across the world such as the Wimbledon, the Olympics, the Davis cup and several other such hallowed tennis championships.