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‘Russia’s readiness for 2018 World Cup at adequate level’

Kazan (Russia):  The majority of Russian football arenas selected to host matches of the 2018 World Cup matches have an adequate level of preparedness and raise no concerns, Alexei Sorokin, director general of Russia-2018 Local OrganiSing Committee (LOC), has said. “We have neither major concerns, nor any anxieties,” Sorokin said on Thursday, reports Tass. “To

Brazil at top spot in South American World Cup qualifying standings

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil have jumped to the top of the South American zone (CONMEBOL) World Cup qualifying standings following a 2-0 away victory over Venezuela. Manchester City-bound striker Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring at Estadio Metropolitano in Merida on Tuesday by chipping over goalkeeper Hernandez Santos after some poor defending byVenezuela in the eighth

Controversial Pique to end Spain career after 2018 World Cup

Madrid:Controversial Spanish defender Gerard Pique insisted Sunday that he will end his international career after the 2018 World Cup.The Barcelona star has come under regular fire for his performances on the field and his support off the pitch for his pro-Catalan stance. “The World Cup in Russia is going to be my last tournament with


Pakistan not to figure in Kabaddi world cup

Pakistan will not be invited toparticipate in the Kabaddi World Cup starting from November 3 in Punjab. Concerns around the security of the team compelled the organisers to drop the six-time runner up Pakistan. Organising committee’s president and Punjab cabinet minister, Sikander Singh Maluka said, “The situation in the state following surgical strike by Indian

Slovakia go down to England in opening World Cup qualifier

Bratislava: Slovakia’s national football team suffered a 1-0 defeat in the opening match of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers with England in Trnava. Adam Lallana scored in the fifth minute of extra time to ensure England’s close victory on Sunday, reports Xinhua. The Slovak team was reduced to 10 men after the dismissal of captain

Rooney to retire after 2018 World Cup

London:  England captain Wayne Rooney said he will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 30-year-old Manchester United striker told reporters: “Come Russia I feel that will be the time to say goodbye to international football. My mind is made up,” Xinhua news agency reported. Rooney, who has scored 53

Gujarat to host 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in October

New Delhi: The International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) on Monday announced that Gujarat would be the host state for the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, starting from October 7. The state will play host to 12 Kabaddi teams — India, the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan and Kenya. Speaking on

Project execution for 2018 FIFA World Cup low: Russian minister

Moscow:  The execution of the budget for the 2018 World Cup football preparations is at a low level, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday. “As of today, we are at a low level of the budget execution. The design and estimate documentation is the most complex thing. I’m even ashamed to give figures,”

Trump presidency could scupper US World Cup bid: Gulati

Chicago: A Donald Trump victory in the US Presidential elections could scupper America’s chances of mounting a successful bid for the 2026 World Cup, the country’s top soccer official told US media outlets on Tuesday. US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said Trump’s election could adversely affect international opinion of the United States, potentially dealing a

Jitu finishes sixth in Rio Shooting World Cup

Rio de Janeiro: Pistol ace Jitu Rai of India finished sixth in the men’s 50m pistol event on day five of the lnternational Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup. Jitu, who is the world number one in the event, qualified for the finals in fourth position shooting a score of 563 at the Olympic Shooting