FIFA World Cup Trophy has arrived in Nizhny Novgorod

The FIFA World Cup Trophy landed in Nizhny Novgorod and has been displayed for the public to see in Nizhny Novgorod in a specially-built tent in front of the Nizhny Novgorod Fair.

The FIFA World Cup kick off is in less than a month and the FIFA World Cup Trophy arrived in Nizhny Novgorod, a city that will host four group matches and a quarter-final matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The public got to see the Historic trophy that has the best teams in the world ready to compete to lift it up on the 15th of July, in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.


The FIFA World Cup Trophy was displayed in Nizhny Novgorod in a specially-built tent in front of the Nizhny Novgorod Fair on the 20th and 21st of May 2018.


Nizhny Novgorod is the sixth stopover on the World Cup Trophy Tour in Russia after Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Samara and Kazan. From Nizhny Novgorod, the World Cup Trophy will visit Rostov-on-Don and St. Petersburg to arrive in Moscow a week ahead of the championship.


The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15.


MOSCOW, May 20. /TASS/.
Russian News Agency

Chinese tourists have shown an increased interest for the Russia World Cup

Major Chinese online travel agencies have confirmed that Chinese tourists are showing more and more interest in Russia, the host country for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

According to the agencies, the number of airline tickets reserved for major venues such as Moscow and St. Petersburg are up by 50% year-on-year for the period of 14 June – 15 July 2018.

Travel packages have increased, which means hotels around the 12 major arenas are being booked out, with less than a month to go before the world’s biggest soccer tournament kicks off.

According to the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation, at least 1.5 million overseas visitors are expected in Russia during the tournament, with expenses amounting to over 140 million euros (USD 165 million).

The agencies also noted that Shanghai fans have placed the most orders for World Cup-related travel, followed by Beijing and Chengdu. About six of the top 10 cities with the largest number of World Cup game attendees are from second-tier cities.



Iconic game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona

South African soccer fans are delighted to have first-hand experience of one of the most iconic games to take place in the country on Wednesday night. Mamelodi Sundowns will take on FC  Barcelona at FNB Stadium in a friendly match to commemorate a century of Nelson Mandela’s death.

Barcelona agreed to be part of the celebrations and promised to bring players Lionel Messi‚ Louis Suarez‚ Gerald Pique and the outgoing captain Andres Iniesta. The last time these teams played together was in was 2007, where Barcelona won the friendly match with 2-1.

Motsepe Foundation representative, Sizwe Nzimande has confirmed that the Mandela Centenary Cup match will be broadcasted on SABC and Supersport.

Tickets to the game have been sold out, FNB stadium is said to have a full capacity close to 90 000.

Nzimande encouraged the fans to arrive early at the stadium to avoid congestion before the kick-off.

“We have been involved in a series of meetings with Stadium Management‚ planning for the safety of the fans before‚ during and after the game. So far everything is going according to plan‚” he said.


Thirteen African athletes go missing at Commonwealth Games

Organisers of the Commonwealth Games have confirmed that five more African athletes have gone missing on Thursday, following the disappearance of eight competitors from Cameron who were suspected of fleeing the day before.

According to AFP, athletes from Rwanda and Uganda were thought to have gone missing, while the whereabouts of two squash players from Sierra Leone were till unknown.

Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive, David Grevemberg said that it is their duty to service those with legitimate visas to be in the country.

“Until it becomes a true issue, and somebody has outstayed their visa, or have formally applied for asylum, we just need to continue to monitor the situations.” he said.

He also revealed the focus now is to support teams in trying to track down the athletes who are missing.            

Grevemberg has also stated that more than 100 athletes have overstayed their visas at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Athlete visas for the Commonwealth Games this year will expire on 15 May 2018.

As the search continues for Cameroon’s five boxers and three weightlifters, Grevemberg insisted the welfare of the athletes are also top priority.

“We obviously have been in close contact with Cameroon officials. We share their concern regarding obviously the safety, welfare, whereabouts of these athletes.”

Cameroon team manager, Victor Agbor Nso said the matter has been reported to the police.

source: AFP


SA athletes bag more gold at the Commonwealth Games

South African athlete participating at the Commomwealth Games have one thing in mind: bring home the gold! Golden girl, Caster Semenya on Tuesday broke the national record as well as the games record in a time of 4:00:72 – breaking Zola Budd’s previous record!

In addition, our swimmers came out on top on Monday, with outstanding performances from Chad le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh and Tatjana Schoenmaker.

Van der Burgh who owns the London 2012 Olympic champion title, beat the world record-holder and breaststroke superstar Adam Peaty on the 50m breaststroke, finishing his race in 26.58 seconds.

Schoenmaker broke swimming legend Penny Heyns’ 1999 100m breaststroke African record, claiming the gold medal in a fast time of 1:06.41. The accomplishment comes after Schoenmaker won Gold in the 200m Breaststroke event on Saturday, claiming a 100 and 200m double in the process.

This is a major victory for Schoenmaker who became the first able-bodied female swimmer since Joan Harrison at the 1954 Vancouver Games to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

In the case of Chad le Clos, the swimmer completed the 100m butterfly at a record of 50.65 seconds, finishing ahead of James Guy of England in second place with 50.65 with Australia’s Grant Irvine taking bronze in 51.50. Also on Monday, we celebrated the wins of Akani Simbine, who has made history by winning the first ever gold medal for South Africa in the 100m men’s race at the Commonwealth Games with a time of 10.3, followed by fellow South African Henricho Bruintjies who finished second in 10.17.

India is currently the leading BRICS country at number 3 on the top 10 scoreboards of the Commonwealth Games with a total of 21 medals, followed by South Africa at number 5 with 21 medals.

source: IOLSport

Numerous sporting wins for South Africa this weekend

Despite the cold creeping in this past weekend, South African sportsmen made us proud, delivering nothing but their best on their respective fields. It was a weekend filled with great victories for Bafana Bafana, The Springboks and two of our national athletes, Wayde van Niekerk and Akani Simbine.

Bafana Bafana played Nigeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria on Saturday, beating their counterparts with a score of 2 – 0. The team played under the leadership of their newly-appointed captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo and re-appointed coach Stuart Baxter. City Press reports that this was “Bafana Bafana’s first win over Nigeria in an official game in more than two decades”.

Also on Saturday, the Bokke hosted France at Loftus Versfeld in the first match of their three-Test series. The Springboks’ 37-14 homeground victory over France moved them up two spots in the official World Rugby rankings, now placing them in 5th position.

Meanwhile, sprint sensation Wayde van Niekerk breaks yet another record! Van Niekerk took the 200m half-lap win at the Racers Grand Prix at a meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, in 19.84 to break the two-year-old mark of 19.87 held by Anaso Jobodwana. Van Niekerk broke his Personal Best record time of 19.90, which was set in Potchefstroom in April when he won the SA title by 0.06. Akani Simbine, South Africa’s 100m record holder, also made us proud when he took second place in 10.00 in the short dash.