News agencies have always found a worthy prospect in Russia as a source of important political, financial, economic and sports news. This country though has been recognized for its volatile environment presently continues to provide significant feed to these news agencies primarily because of its contribution in sports. Sports in Russia happen to be a major source of positive international exposure with it also being among the popular pastimes of the Russians.
Some of the sports that these sports news agencies really enjoy are the ones 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 country had to undergo a number of changes. These changes reflected in the sports arena as well. Football perhaps, was one of the games which was affected greatly from this change. Until the Soviet era, it was probably the most popular and also the most successful of all of the sports which the Russians took part in.
As the Soviet Union got divided into a number of smaller countries, the uniform football sports structure took a hit too. With national teams and clubs becoming 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 as they lost their government funding and were left in want of adequate sponsorship. However, with changing times, football yet again emerged as a favorite 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 attempting to get back its lost glory. Sports news agencies had a field day when Russia made its present felt once again within the Euro 2008 when they defeated Holland in the quarter final match.
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 also the ULEB cup. Giving basketball competition in popularity is ice hockey. Ice Hockey has become popular sport among the Russians since the Soviet times as well. In line with its past success, ice hockey continues its dominance between the Russians, exporting thirty players to become part of the National Hockey League.
Sports news agencies also keep track of developments from the sports of tennis, chess and ice skating. Many time champions of the Winter Olympics, Russia has led the game by generating a few of the worlds best pair and ice dancing skaters.
Tennis also has had a huge contribution from Russia. Some 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 around the globe like the Wimbledon, the Olympics, the Davis cup and many other such hallowed tennis championships.