Russians as a population are very keen in sports and have excelled in a number of sports activities. The country has been a regular feature at the Olympics games procuring high rankings in a very wide variety of games. Though as USSR the country was at its peak in the Olympics, even with the division Russia has been able to maintain its position that the Soviets had created.
The Russians have been in the sports news for their participation in a number of games including football, basketball, tennis, ice hockey, weightlifting, boxing, gymnastics, skiing, figure skating and volleyball as well as a host of other sports.
Basketball developed in the country during the Soviet era. The Russian team proceeded to win several Olympic medals because of their performance in this particular game. They are also the current winners in the Eurobasket World Championships having defeated Spain in the final game. They have also been champions of a variety of other European championships including the Euroleague and also the ULEB Cup. They likewise have a player in the Utah Jazz which is a NBA team.
Ice hockey is another successful sport with the Russians. They have about 30 players that are presently a part of the NHL. The players today are still maintaining the tradition built during the Soviet era.
The Russians have carried forth their winning streak by being in the news because of their success in the field of ice skating. Previously being part of the winner team of the Winter Olympics, they’ve excelled in ice dancing and pair skating.
Football was one of the most successful sports during the Soviet era. With the division of USSR came the division of the national football teams and clubs. The most important amongst those was the crumbling of the Russian Premier League as it lost many of its players. However, the game recovered its lost glory and presently has six Premier League teams aside from it now strong national team.
Ever since the end of the Soviet regime, Russia is continuing to grow as a powerhouse in the sport of tennis. A large number of the most successful women tennis players hail from this country together with some formidable men tennis players too. These strong Russians have been around in the news because of their success in the Olympics, Wimbledon, Fed Cup, Davis Cup and several such premier matches.
Chess is another sport which Russians have dominated for a long time having produced several world champions and Grand Masters. Another of Russias popular sports is the Rugby League. The Russians rank 13th amongst all the teams based on the Rugby League International Federation sports news. Rugby Union is another sport that’s fast gaining popularity among the Russian masses, with the country ranking 17th based on the International Rugby Board.
One of many sports that Russia has won several accolades for is Rhythmic Gymnastics. Along with being probably the most popular sports forms in the country, it’s highlighted Russia in the world of sports news for having the worlds best rhythmic gymnasts.