Jul 9, 2014

Russia to allow gambling in Sochi

Russia will allow gambling in Sochi in a bid to make continued use of the facilities that were built in the Black Sea resort for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Russia spent $51 billion on the games, leaving many companies that invested in the city ...

May 23, 2014

Plushenko resumes training after back surgery

Two-time Olympic figure skating gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko has returned to training after announcing his retirement earlier this year due to injury. The 31-year-old Russian withdrew from the men’s figure skating short program at the Sochi Olympics in February due to a long-running back ...

Putin's games end under Crimea cloud

Mar 17, 2014

Putin's games end under Crimea cloud

Triumphant in the midst of global condemnation, Vladimir Putin clinked his Champagne flute with leading sports officials, toasting the success of his pet project in Sochi. Under chandeliers in ornate surroundings, the wine was flowing over lunch during the Paralympics this past week as ...

Feb 28, 2014

Japan's Kasai to miss World Cup event with knee injury

Sochi Olympic double medalist Noriaki Kasai will sit out Friday’s ski jumping individual World Cup event due to an injury to his right knee, Japan coach Tomoharu Yokokawa said the same day. The 41-year-old Kasai, who won the silver medal in the men’s large ...

Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic hosts

Feb 22, 2014

Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic hosts

Citing widespread dismay with Russia’s anti-gay laws, a coalition of more than 30 human rights and gay rights groups is calling on the International Olympic Committee to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. The coalition — ...

Pussy Riot puts out Sochi punk protest video

Feb 21, 2014

Pussy Riot puts out Sochi punk protest video

Russian punk band Pussy Riot ended their stay in the Olympic city of Sochi on Thursday by posting a video criticizing the Winter Games and President Vladimir Putin. The band has been filming in Sochi since Sunday and has had violent run-ins with authorities. ...