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FIFA has no plans to move 2018 World Cup from Russia

...FIFA President Sepp Blatter to watch the final at the Maracana Stadium, won by Germany.FIFA, which has Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on its executive committee, said a World Cup in the country "can be a force for good.""FIFA believes...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2014-07-25/fifa-has-no-plans-move-2018-world
Overtime

...being suspended from international swimming competition after a series of positive doping tests, the country's sports minister said Monday.In May, world record-holder Yuliya Efimova was banned for 16 months after testing positive for a...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2014-06-02/overtime
Overtime

...Memorial Arena, a 15,000-seat, multi-purpose arena. SoccerBrazil expects to 'surprise' worldBrazil's Deputy Sports Minister Luis Fernandes believes Brazil will organize a successful World Cup despite what he called "prejudice" against...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2014-05-28/overtime
With World Cup a month away, there'still a lot to be done in Brazil

...at the venue is scheduled for this week."There were some setbacks in some of these stadiums," said Brazil's Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo. "Everything will be ready."There is also concern with the temporary structures at the Beira-Rio...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-05-13/world-cup-month-away
Figure Skating in Harlem program enriches girls on, off the ice

...believes the program would work in other inner cities. She spoke at an IOC meeting in Peru and afterward was told by a sports minister from South Africa: "Our girls should have this." It's not so easy to get things rolling - as difficult as a...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-04-13/figure-skating-harle
FIFA head Sepp Blatter mum on allegations that winning World Cup bid was bought

...has been given and voted to Russia and we are going forward with our work," said Blatter, who counts Russia's sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, among his board colleagues.FIFA and UEFA have also endorsed an agreement that Crimea region clubs...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-03-21/fifa-head-sepp-blatt
R&A asks members to allow women to join

...committees were "strongly in favor of the rule change" and asked members to go along.The move was hailed by British sports minister Helen Grant, who was hopeful a favorable vote would encourage other single-sex golf clubs to follow suit.Dawson...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/golf/2014-03-26/ra-asks-members-allow-women-
Even if Brazil wins World Cup, some feel it has already lost

...announcing Brazil's arrival on the global stage."The world is going to see a modern and innovative nation," former Sports Minister Orlando Silva wrote in a 2011 editorial in the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, just months before he was forced...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-03-15/even-if-brazil-wins-
Brazilians hoping to exorcise ghost of 1950 World Cup loss

...for letting Alcides Ghiggia score Uruguay's winner."We carry this trauma. It's really a trauma," Deputy Sports Minister Luis Fernandes said. "Probably around 90 percent of the Brazilian population wasn't born in 1950, and we still...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-01-27/brazilians-hoping-ex
Ilya Kovalchuk eyes Olympic gold for Russia

...team in 2002, nine world championships, one world junior championship and the 2004 World Cup. BOYCOTT: Sweden's sports minister says she will snub the opening ceremony at the Sochi Olympics for political reasons.In an interview with state broadcaster...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/olympics/2014-01-13/ilya-kovalchuk-eyes-gold