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Games of the XXX Olympiad -- Team Russia
Dartagnan
#19 Posted : Friday, May 04, 2012 6:39:58 PM(UTC)
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WTA opposes Olympic qualification changes


Ticker - Friday, May 4, 2012









 




The WTA has opposed the ITF's changes to the qualification rules for the 2016 Olympics, Tennischannel.comreports.


After the 2012 Games, a player must make himself or herself available to play Davis Cup or Fed Cup four times in an Olympic cycle. Currently, players only have to make themselves available for two ties in the two prior years to the Olympics.


"Without question, the athletes and the WTA believe in a strong international team competition," WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster said. "They enjoy the concept in a team environment playing for their country. The WTA also believes that a strong women’s international team competition is good for our sport. Where we have a difference of opinion with the ITF is in the commitment system, which is just too much in today’s women’s professional tennis world."


In a statement to TENNIS.com earlier this week, ITF spokesperson Barbara Travers stated: "The Olympics is not a regular tournament; it takes more than ranking to participate. In order to compete in the Olympics, every athlete must be in good standing with their national governing body. The mechanism to demonstrate the willingness to represent your country in tennis is by making yourself available to play Davis Cup by BNP Paribas or Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, something we acknowledge that most players have embraced. The reward is playing in the Olympics, which we feel should be a privilege reserved for those players who clearly demonstrate that playing for their countries is a priority. We also think the rule should reflect that tennis is an annual calendar and Davis Cup/Fed Cup are annual competition."


Allaster said that the WTA spent five years reducing player commitments, streamlining its calendar, and having less top events "because it was too much [for the players]. We couldn’t consistently deliver and we couldn’t get the top players to play, so we recognized that. The ITF seems to be going in the opposite way."


The ITF still could still make amendments to the rule ahead of the ITF Olympic Committee meeting in June, where there will be discussions and everything will be finalized. It is presumed that the WTA will try to persuade the ITF to make some amendments at that meeting.


The ATP has yet to establish an official position on the subject, but ATP spokesperson Kate Gordon told TENNIS.com that "the ATP and its players have an ongoing dialogue with the ITF, and this is one of a number of issues the players are discussing. While players enjoy representing their countries, it is clear that some feel there should be changes to the system to make it more flexible, and sustainable for the future, given the nature of today’s game."—Matt Cronin






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Maria doesn't like upcoming Olympic changes


Ticker - Sunday, April 29, 2012









 



Maria Sharapova is critical of the ITF’s reported changes to the Olympics eligibility rule. Tennisspace.com reported that the ITF has already decided to change its eligibility rules for the 2016 Olympics, doubling the number of Fed Cup ties players must make themselves available for the four-year period leading up to 2016. Currently, players only have to make themselves available for two ties in the two years preceding the Olympics. Sharapova has played two ties for Russia in 2011 and 2012, but in the past has said that being required to play in multiple Fed Cup ties makes it too difficult on the players' schedules.

"I’m disappointed," Sharapova told the press in Stuttgart. "I met with them one on Miami. They didn't listen to us at all."




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#20 Posted : Wednesday, May 16, 2012 3:16:36 PM(UTC)
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SHARAPOVA EYES GOLD MEDAL AT LONDON OLYMPICS 
 MAY 8, 2012



Maria Sharapova says she will focus on her bid to win gold in the singles at the London Olympics. The world number two has been discussing her plans for the tournament while also criticizing recent ITF initiatives, Russia Today reports.
 
“Singles is the most important thing for me,” she told the Sport-Express paper. “For my whole career I have focused on my individual performance. If you remember, I played mixed very rarely at Grand Slam tournaments. The only example I can recall was with Maxim Mirny.”


“The same concerning doubles,” she continued. “I understand that if I focus on singles then I will have only one chance to win an Olympic medal. But it’s very important to feel fit and fresh playing at every tournament, which becomes more difficult when you play doubles and singles during one day.”


The 25-year-old said she would like to go to the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. However, the recent ITF ruling obliging players to participate in most Fed Cup and Davis Cup matches has puzzled the Russian.


“I don’t think the Fed Cup should be associated with the Olympics. If a player’s schedule allows them to participate in Fed Cup matches surely they will do it. But imagine a situation when you’d played three years for your national team but couldn’t participate in the fourth one. Even though your rating allows you to play at the Olympics, you won’t be admitted,” Sharapova said.



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#21 Posted : Wednesday, May 16, 2012 3:25:58 PM(UTC)
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SHARAPOVA EYES GOLD MEDAL AT LONDON OLYMPICS 
 MAY 8, 2012



Maria Sharapova says she will focus on her bid to win gold in the singles at the London Olympics. The world number two has been discussing her plans for the tournament while also criticizing recent ITF initiatives, Russia Today reports.
 
“Singles is the most important thing for me,” she told the Sport-Express paper. “For my whole career I have focused on my individual performance. If you remember, I played mixed very rarely at Grand Slam tournaments. The only example I can recall was with Maxim Mirny.”


“The same concerning doubles,” she continued. “I understand that if I focus on singles then I will have only one chance to win an Olympic medal. But it’s very important to feel fit and fresh playing at every tournament, which becomes more difficult when you play doubles and singles during one day.”


The 25-year-old said she would like to go to the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. However, the recent ITF ruling obliging players to participate in most Fed Cup and Davis Cup matches has puzzled the Russian.


“I don’t think the Fed Cup should be associated with the Olympics. If a player’s schedule allows them to participate in Fed Cup matches surely they will do it. But imagine a situation when you’d played three years for your national team but couldn’t participate in the fourth one. Even though your rating allows you to play at the Olympics, you won’t be admitted,” Sharapova said.



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Vera Zvonareva in danger of missing cut for Russian London 2012 squad 


Former world number two Vera Zvonareva has been warned by the boss of Russian tennis that she risks missing out on a place in the 2012 Olympic team.



The 27-year-old won bronze at the Beijing 2008 Games, part of a Russian clean sweep of the medals in the women's singles, along with Elena Dementieva and Dinara Safina, but a spate of injuries has left her running out of time to prove her fitness for a place in the London Games squad. 

'Vera has been injured a lot this year,' said Shamil Tarpishchev. 

'If she doesn't show her best at the French Open (in May), she won't be able to make our Olympic team. She must have a good clay court season in order to stay in the top 10 and qualify for London.' 

Despite being Russia's second highest ranked player behind Maria Sharapova, Zvonareva has been left out the squad for Russia's upcoming Fed Cup semi-final against Serbia, having missed their first round win over Spain in February because of injury, but saying she would be available later. 

Now Russia have reached the last four, Tarpishchev has declined to select her, choosing three players with world rankings between 20 and 30 - Maria Kirilenko, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Svetlana Kuznetsova - and doubles specialist Elena Vesnina instead.

Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/o...2012-squad#ixzz1v4AwJFRG


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ugly ass hell
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The only chance for Russia to have a medal in London is Maria. Zvonareva, Petrova, Pavlyuchenkova, ecc. have no chances.
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me neither
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#25 Posted : Friday, May 18, 2012 9:34:56 AM(UTC)
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ugly ass hell


Yeah, I thought I had your number. CLAIM you love Masha but you are a little Russia-hater, aren't you?


 


I'll do that "ugly" any day. lol 





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why you so agry
the eyes are crazy


i dont know maria personally but she does a lot of charity.
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#32 Posted : Friday, May 18, 2012 12:48:56 PM(UTC)
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This thread involves the Olympiad--an effort of TEAM RUSSIADon't pretend to admire Masha while you trash her comrades.


That might've gone by on a kiddo site, but you're talking to grown-ups here. 

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#27 Posted : Tuesday, May 22, 2012 7:43:35 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: sarahmassimo Go to Quoted Post
The only chance for Russia to have a medal in London is Maria. Zvonareva, Petrova, Pavlyuchenkova, ecc. have no chances.


Russia has showed good results in doubles in tennis this year (Kirilenko, Kuznetsova, Petrova....). So I can say that Masha will fight for a medal in singles and other girls will fight for a medal in doubles. But each tournament is special so let's follow what is going to happen in team Russia. We can have a new surprise. Each tennis player can surpass herself at this sport event. 


We had a good surprise in 2008. 



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In the UK, the Olympic torch went out in the west of England, when it was fastened to the wheel-chair of Paralympic athlete David Follett.


The torch was replaced with a stand-by one, carried by the motorcade escort.


The Olympic Fire relay started on May 19th . The torch-bearers will cover almost 13,000 kilometres in 70 days. This year’s summer Olympics are due in London from July 27th to August 12th.


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Russian sportsmen to carry Olympic flame








 



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Well-known Russians are to carry the Olympic torch along British cities. Russians will be taking part in this ceremony from May until July.


The Olympic Games in London will take place from the 27th of July until the 12th of August.


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i saw her in a nother pic and she is beautiful.
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Prohibition prescribed for Russian Olympic village in London


by Evgeniya Chaykovskaya at 21/05/2012 19:00


The organizers of the Russian House hospitality center in London will have to entertain Olympics guests minus vodka at every event where Russian athletes are present.


The decision was made at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who is head of the Russian delegation to London. The government’s decree concerns events run by the Russian Olympics Committee, Sochi 2014 Organization Committee, All-Russia Summer Sports Association and Bosco di Ciliegi, the company that provides Russia’s sports kits.


Kozak’s spokesman Ilya Dzhus confirmed the new rules to Kommersant.


“Olympic values are incompatible with drinking alcohol,” he said.


 


Four houses, no alcohol


Four Russian hospitality houses will be open in London. The Russian Olympics Committee and Sochi-2014 will be in Russia’s Sochi Park opposite Royal Albert Hall close to Hyde Park.


Russian winners will be toasted at the Russian Olympics Committee headquarters in Sochi Park, but the committee does not plan on buying an alcohol license for the headquarters, the spokeswoman told Kommersant.


Sochi 2014 Organization Committee’s venue will host presentations of the “Sochi as Winter Olympics Capital” program, and also will not sell any alcohol.


Bosco di Ciliegi house will be working with Russia’s Sochi Park, and it is yet known whether they will sell liquor at events where there are no athletes present.


The all-Russia Summer Sports Association, headed by Novolipetsk steel owner Vladimir Lisin, could set up camp at 50 St James Street, one of London’s most luxurious restaurants, sources said.


 


No drinks for athletes


However, one of the federal officials who took part in Dmitry Kozak’s meeting, argued that Russian House organizers could hold parties with alcohol for corporate sponsors, but without the participation of athletes and members of official delegations.


The Sports Ministry develops a set of rules for the athletes and coaches before every Olympics, and usually there is a point about abstaining from nighttime parties and alcohol.


“The athletes themselves are keen on this, but sometimes there are sponsors who insists that the athletes follow their conditions meticulously, including being present at parties with alcohol,” the unnamed source in the ministry told Kommersant.


 


Former glories


The authorities took this on-the-wagon approach after Russia was widely criticized at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, where its failure in the competition was framed by reports of loud parties in the Russian House hospitality center.


Russia then won a total of 15 medals instead of expected 30-50, and head of the Russian Olympics Committee, Leonid Tyagachev, was fired after then-prime minister Vladimir Putin demanded that measures be taken.


Rosneft’s parties, for example, had two mock gas pumps dispensing vodka and whiskey. In Vancouver, Russian Standard vodka was available to all the guests, participants and organizers of the Olympics in the Russian House, the company’s press-release said at the time.


Russian House at the Vancouver Olympics attracted long queues, and was visited by the prince of Monaco and “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky.


“Where else in Vancouver can you go to see a human jump-rope, taste-test five varieties of Ukrainian vodka and schmooze with the Prince of Monaco?” The Wall Street Journal reported at the time.





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Russia’s representatives will take part in the Olympic torch relay in Britain from May to July.


Four Russians, including Leo Tolstoy’s great-great-grandson, Director of the Yasnaya Poliana Museum, Vladimir Tolstoy, will carry the Olympic torch near Chester in Cheshire in the northwest of England.


The Olympic torch relay in Britain started on May 18th, when the Olympic flame was delivered to Britain from Greece, and will come to a close on July 27th, at the stadium where the Olympics’ opening ceremony will be held.


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 Silver Medalist Dinara Safina, who most always has good intel, tweets the Team Russia composition will be


Maria Sharapova


Vera Zvonareva


Maria Kirilenko &


Nadezhda Petrova


High probability Petrova & Kirilenko also will play doubles and


an additional doubles team Russia may be entitled to will be


Elena Vesnina & Ekaterina (Katya) Makarova 


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Originally Posted by: paul_pipkin Go to Quoted Post


 Silver Medalist Dinara Safina, who most always has good intel, tweets the Team Russia composition will be


Maria Sharapova


Vera Zvonareva


Maria Kirilenko &


Nadezhda Petrova


High probability Petrova & Kirilenko also will play doubles and


an additional doubles team Russia may be entitled to will be


Elena Vesnina & Ekaterina (Katya) Makarova 


   ДАВАЙ Маша!!!  ДАВАЙ РОССИЯ!!!



 


Didn't Maria in an interview somewhere say she wanted to play ladies doubles? Or am i making up things? It might have been mixed now that i think about it...


Surprised to see Petrova there, and not Kuznetsova.

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Yes, I hope Vera is fit.


I'm afraid it's a deal that Tarpischev & the team (and the fans!) have more confidence in Kuzi right now than she has in herself. I bet she took herself out of this.


No, somebody, and it may have been Kiri, raised the prospect of Masha & Kirilenko playing doubles.


Masha responded, "I think my doubles game had best stay retired." :P lol


But that was a while back. Kiri & Nadezhda have been training & playing tournaments together for some months. 


 


At Kremlin Cup, six months ago:


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You're probably right about Kuzi. It's a real shame, she's such a good player. Hopefully she gets a few more big wins under her belt and starts to gain some confidence.


Well i vaguely remember reading somewhere about Masha playing doubles at the Olympics. However, now that you mention it, i also remember her saying the thing about her doubles career being retired lol.


If Vera is fit by the Olympics, i would really like to see her team up with Kuzi. I mean they won the Aussie Open doubles this year and definitely have a chance of winning a medal. 


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