Russians as a population are very keen in sports and also have excelled in a number of sports activities. The country has been a regular feature in the Olympics games procuring high rankings in a very wide variety of games. Though as USSR the nation was at its peak in the Olympics, even with the division Russia has been able to keep its position 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 along with a host of other sports.
Basketball developed in the nation in the Soviet era. The Russian team went on to win several Olympic medals because of their performance in this game. They are also the current winners of the Eurobasket World Championships having defeated Spain in the final game. They have also been champions of a number of other European championships such as the Euroleague and also the ULEB Cup. They likewise have a player in the Utah Jazz that is a NBA team.
Ice hockey is yet another successful sport of the Russians. They have about 30 players that are presently a part of the NHL. Players today continue to be 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. Having been a part of the winner team of the Winter Olympics, they have excelled in ice dancing and pair skating.
Football was one of the most successful sports through the Soviet era. With the division of USSR came the division of the national football teams and clubs. The most significant amongst those was the crumbling of the Russian Premier League as it lost a lot of its players. However, the game recovered its lost glory and presently has six Premier League teams apart from it now strong national team.
Since the end of the Soviet regime, Russia has grown to be 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 for their success in the Olympics, Wimbledon, Fed Cup, Davis Cup and several such premier matches.
Chess is yet another sport which Russians have dominated for a very 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 is fast gaining popularity among the Russian masses, with the country ranking 17th according to the International Rugby Board.
One of the sports that Russia has won several accolades for is Rhythmic Gymnastics. Together with being probably the most popular sports forms in the country, it has highlighted Russia in the world of sports news for having the worlds best rhythmic gymnasts.