Speed and maturity not enough to secure victory
The rally gods must have something special in store for Ott Tänak in the future as the Estonian has been allowed to come within touching distance of one too many rally victories. Tänak and his co-driver Martin Järveoja were just 3.8 seconds behind the leaders going into the final day of the Swedish rally but had to settle for second place overall after being forced to admit the superiority of Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila on three stages on Sunday.
Estonian's yacht distressed at sea
Sailing enthusiast Jaanus Tamme gave his legendary yacht to a Swiss friend of his for a trip around the world. The friend found himself asking how to escape death in it.
Mysterious outcome: Kanter scores with reporters and associations, but fails with the public
The voting is over – among reporters, sports associations and the public – and the athletes of the year have been chosen. The grand party of ending the sports year held in Tallinn yesterday gave awards to some expected as well as surprise winners.
Lillekula Stadium to add 3,000 seats, build new facade for EUR 1.7 mln
The Estonian Football Association has announced a tender for the contract to build an additional seating capacity of 3,000 and a new facade in Lillekla Stadium, home ground of the Estonian national team and FC Flora, for 1.7 million euros.
Tänak's best performance leaves driver hungry for more
The drive of his life – a suitably simple description of Ott Tänak and Raigo Mõlder's weekend on the muddy Wales rally stages. The Estonians were second only to four-time world champions Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassa, only losing 10.2 seconds after 330 kilometers.
Soccer market question: who is prepared to make a move?
The battle for first place has reached its zenith two rounds before the end of the Estonian soccer season. Even though the winner is yet to be determined, the picture is clear in terms of players who could take the next step – go abroad – this winter.
Need for change brought in old record men
The Estonian soccer team cried out for changes after its 0:5 defeat at the hands of Bosnia and Herzegovina – changes that have now been made. Recent coach Magnus Pehrsson no longer has cause to cross the Baltic Sea. Leadership of the team was given to Estonia's all time best international player Martin Reim, and as assistant coach to Estonian soccer's most successful scorer Andres Oper. Everyone agrees that changes were needed to rediscover a positive note.
Malta squad finally makes it to Estonia following flight cancelation
Malta's national football team have finally landed in the Estonian capital Tallinn, 24 hours after a canceled flight left them stranded in Amsterdam, the Times of Malta said.
The sadness of medal snatched. The gladness of heights reached
«At next Olympics, gold alone can be the goal!» announced discus thrower Martin Kupper within minutes after having dramatically deprived of a medal.
Track and field and its Six Olympic Estonian Questions
The Rio athletics in mind, Postimees tosses up the main points to eye regarding Estonia.
Editorial: our day in Rio
For us in Estonia, our national blue-black-and-white hoisted at Olympics always is a special day.
Rowing: Estonian men's 4 takes bronze at Rio Olympics
Estonian men's quadruple sculls team finished third in the finals of Rio Olympics on Thursday.
Editorial: will public shame save fair play?
There's the written rules and there's the cultural aspect. First of all, fair play is based on the rules of the event itself, as well as banned substance list and the various penalties for violations thereof. But without explicit condemnation of doping within the domain and in public, even the written rules may not work and the fight against doping users proves vain.
Editorial: scandals come and scandals go. Ideals not so
Today, it's all eyes on Rio de Janeiro and the legendary Maracanã.
The feeling of finally being in Rio
Its smells Olympic on the Schipol Airport, Amsterdam. One bumps into these dozens of Ukrainian sportsmen and an equal number of merry Russians flying over to watch and to party – too bad for the compatriots who got banned, but to Rio we go!
Finance minister seeking sponsorship austerity
Could state enterprises keep on handing out sponsorship cash as before? Should the practice be cancelled, or rules applied to it? In questions like these, deep debates are in store at government this fall.
The Klavan transfer – a Nordic bombshell
The landing of Ragnar Klavan as initial Estonan field footballer in the legendary Liverpool is a rarity regarding Scandinavia, rest of Baltics and even Russia.
Klavan to Postimees: length of contract reveals Liverpool believes in me
Ragnar Klavan (30) has signed a 3+1 years contract with FC Liverpool to play centre-back in shirt 17.
Editorial: Ragnar Klavan – dream realised for boy, boost for sports in Estonia
Ragnar Klavan joining the legendary English football club FC Liverpool is a dream come true for a boy from Estonia, and an encouragement for sports in our nation.
Estonia to send 46 athletes to Rio Olympic Games
The Estonian Olympic Committee on Friday named the national team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games which consists of 46 athletes representing 13 sports and a 44-strong support squad.
Starting tomorrow: Rally Estonia roars again
Topping the Estonian summer sports calendar, Rally Estonia presents some exotic guests while focusing on merciless battle between guys of equal caliber. To be seen if locals at wheel of their old yet fat Group N cars can carry weight against the R5 wheels of others.
Kanter throws discus to European bronze
Appearing out of nowhere, as if, Gerd Kanter (37) needed just one good throw to place third at European Champs in Amsterdam with his season's best of 65.27. For him, this is the eleventh medal from title tournaments and in Estonia he thus towers alone.
Editorial: midgets (like Iceland) may mow down giants
Always, the stories of little ones overcoming the big have fascinated mankind. Like the tiny Iceland beating big England. How on earth can that be?! We Estonia being four times their size... could we repeat that?
Peeling the new gravel rubber
For ages it seemed, Ott Tänak and Raigo Mõlder hd been waiting for Rally de Portugal. Yesterday, at long last, it kicked into gear.
Gene testing confirms multiple talents of Estonian records machine
The young Estonian swimming star Kregor Zirk (16) has numerous Estonian records in both short and long distances. According to his coach Kaja Haljaste the youth has arrived at an age where he should focus on specific distances. Therefore, Mr Zirk underwent gene testing. With utterly positive results.
Estonia's USSR basketball triumph celebrated
The win 25 years back is among top emotional Estonian sports moments ever. Often, the golden coach Jaak Salumets keeps thinking of the feat.
Third coming: Korjus at wheel of Renault grinning and winning
Back on track after a year off Kevin Korjus sped to victory at Renault Sport Trophy opening stage in Aragon in second ride and stepped to the top of podium, after five long years.
Team Estonia to Rio big despite tough standards
Next week, it will be 100 days till Rio Olympic Games starting on August 5th. Every four years, it is getting harder to get the ticket. While sets of medals keep increasing, lots of events are being narrowed down regarding numbers of participants. Thereby, average levels of those who qualify keeps rising.
Take a look: the Estonian outfit for Rio Olympics
At Seaplane Harbour yesterday, clothes maker Monton displayed the Rio Olympic outfit collection for Team Estonia, telling the story of Estonians as people of the sea.
Urmas Soorumaa elected president of Estonian Olympic Committee
The general assembly of the Estonian Olympic Committee elected the businessman Urmas Soorumaa president of the organization.
Editorial: what sort of a president would be good for Estonia?
Today, Estonia gets itself a new president. The Estonian Olympic Committee president.
Kanepi quielty forced out of top sports by sickness
For Estonia's long-term leading tennis player Kaia Kanepi, top level competing is nearing its end. In a Facebook post yesterday, she announced participation at a WTA tournament in Stuttgart after a lengthy pause while not setting big goals. Problems with health are not allowing Ms Kanepi (30) to apply maximum effort.
Estonian Olympic Committee entering presidential elections
The three remaining candidates – Jüri Ratas, Toomas Tõniste and Urmas Sõõrumaa – are equally convinced that from March 18th as names were entered, all have gained in popularity.
Tallinn to buy Ants Antson's Olympic gold medal for EUR 40,000
The City of Tallinn is about to buy the gold medal won by Estonian speed skater Ants Antson at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck from a private individual for 40,000 euros, the news portal of public broadcaster ERR said.
Ranking Estonia's strongest no-Olympic-ticket sports figures
Ticket to Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games has been pocketed by 25 Estonian sportsmen. Basically, the core is in place so the hopeful medalists may prepare in all peace and serenity. Postimees, however, has taken a look at the achievers not in the list as yet and compiled a ranking. The main criteria being what they could achieve in Rio.
Estonian govt supports compensating EUR 400 of workers' sporting expenses per year
Estonian government is planning to allow companies to compensate for employees' sporting expenses in the amount of 100 euros per quarter or 400 euros a year without paying fringe benefit tax.
Top footballer dives into «life as usual»
Twice champion of Estonia, twice the top scorer of the season, picked best player of the entire championship last year, Ingemar Teever has hereby decided to go make a living outside of football.
What's up next, for Kelly Sildaru?
This is the end of the big season for freestyle skiers with just some minor events remaining. After a couple of these, Kelly Sildaru will be focusing at adding halfpipe to her skills in slopestyle.
X Games – why? How come?
It's some twenty years plus that X Games stir extreme sports fans around the globe. The American invention has crept under Estonian skin thanks to our girl the freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru this time invited to Aspen, Colorado for these final days of January. But how did the thing come into being?
Coaches see salaries soar... by entire euro!
In the fall, culture minister Indrek Saar said the children and youth coaches getting state support to salaries would see the fund thereof boosted by ten percent. Afterwards, it rose to 13.5 percent. Oh the joy in coaches as, with the small wages, every euro helps.
The perfect Estonian épée timing
In was an ideal day for Estonia's female épée team in Barcelona yesterday. Standing on top of the pedestal after an emotional Wold Cup stage, a ticket to Rio Olympics edged a step closer.
Seli to go. How? When? Who's next?
Thursday ought to bring clarity regarding the filling of the vacuum in Estonian sports management with Estonian Olympic Committee (EOK) convening to, among other issues, expecting to hear its criminally convicted president Neinar Seli to declare when he intends to step down.
Editorial: the eternal number two
In his book «How Life Imitates Chess», former world champion takes a look at current events via games played. An exception among the famed and charismatic companions, Paul Keres of Estonia features as one to never have taken the title.
Estonian Football Association bans Tallinn C.F. for doping
The disciplinary committee of the Estonian Football Association has decided to disqualify the Second League team Tallinn C.F. from Estonian Cup 2015 after four members of the team tested positive for doping.
Vladimir Sorokin: four short Allar Levandi stories
What happened and what could have happened, as told by grand old coach to beloved Estonian Nordic Combined figure.
Calgary mystery unveiled for Levandi jubilee: figure skater messed up medal
«Oh, you are after interesting stuff!» an older man's voice answers the phone, briskly. «Allar is having a jubilee shortly, so occasion would dictate talking about the old issue. Even he doesn't know it all, probably.» The voice belongs to Vladimir Sorokin, director of boxing club Vityaz in Chekhov near Moscow. In 1988, he was main coach to Soviet Union's Nordic combined team at Calgary Olympics.
Heavy athletics again in high esteem
Big win under her belt, Sildaru eyes X Games
Yesterday, freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru (13) reached the highest peak of career by beating famed rivals and snatching a win at Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado.
ERR says money lacking, fails to convince
A storm is brewing around budget of Public Broadcasting (ERR) which threatens to bin part of next year's live broadcasts and lay off staff. And yet the Riigikogu finance committee last night supported not the granting of 650,000 extra euros to ERR as the claims about lack of money are allegedly unclear.
Estonia beat Georgia 3-0 in friendly
The Estonian national football team on Wednesday beat Georgia 3-0 (0-0) in the penultimate friendly to be played at home this year.
The ranting dads and the rattled kids on the fields
«Get the game!», «Boil the umpire!», «Pass better!», «Strike stronger!». A late afternoon at sports arena. The kids are playing football, «green» against «yellow». All are having fun and trying their very best. At times, they flop pretty bad which for beginners is pardonable. Flanking the field, coaches of both teams are encouraging the guys to enjoy the game. At the other edge.. we quoted them above, a bit. In the conflict of educational philosophies, who loses is the child. What did he do wrong? Nothing.
Euroleague begins with two Estonians on board
To the delight of European basketball lovers, Euroleague starts today. For fans in Estonia, the great day is tomorrow as games are on for Siim-Sander Vene's home club Zalgiris Kaunas, a favorite with lots of Estonians, and Kristjan Kangur's employer Vitoria Laboral Kutxa. While the latter is on temporary contract and his role unclear, at least in Lithuanian League Mr Vene has been a main player with Zalgiris.
Estonian guys tower among the tall in Europe
Untriumphant at European championships in basketball, Team Estonia was sadly short in eyes of media and coaches. In 2010, the basketball union went as far as to proclaim a find-the-tall campaign. So are male Estonians shorties?
Estonian basketball – like country bumpkins at Oscars Gala
Is Estonian basketball really 15 years behind rest of Europe, according to the coach Priit Vene working long-term in Lithuania? Is the international level totally lacking and the team a bunch of good-for-nothings as hundreds or even thousands of fans opine in social Media? Painful questions, and hard to answer to the backdrop of emotions created by initial games at European Championship.
Kontaveit loses to Venus Williams in 4th round of US Open
Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit (WTA 152) was sent home in the fourth round of U.S. Open on Sunday by American tennis player Venus Williams (WTA 23).
Editorial: the Athletics WikiLeaks
Bengals and Hunt. In or out?
Two seasons at NFL under his belt, this summer served Margus Hunt dire straits. Injured in gym in spring, the season of topmost importance begun badly: at end of May, the kick-off training week for Cincinnati Bengals launched without the Estonian. With preparations peaking, huge question marks hover over Hunt.
Estonia's honour saved by amateurs
Of all Estonian rally racing top doers, Rainer Aus and Simo Koskinen strike the eye as most amateurish – while competitors have four-five mechanics busy about their cars and operations are controlled by team chiefs, the duo's 9-years old vehicle is tweaked by Rainer's daddy with a little help from his friends. At native Rally Estonia, this is the bunch that saved our honour.
Top lawyer Pilv «professionally interested» in runners doping saga
A best known lawyer in Estonia Aivar Pilv is emerging as saviour of sportsmen sinning with doping and thus punished. Who in Estonia would ever forget the way Mr Pilv with scientists teamed up toiled to successfully support the double Olympic champion Andrus Veerpalu. Now, Mr Pilv is assisting Estonian runners Nikolai Vedehin and Ilja Nikolajev both punished for doping.
Rally race claims three lives
At Harju Rally this past Saturday, Janek Jelle managed mere five speed tests. After that, the aged Lada left him and map reader Taavi Udevald spectators. The day being sunny, it was decided to enjoy the race. Grabbing along mechanic Lauri and the latter’s girlfriend Triinu, the coterie headed towards legendary Matsimäe section.
Historic good-bye goal happening today?
This very evening, career ends for legendary Estonian footballer Raio Piiroja as national team tackles Iceland. Addressing head coach Magnus Pehrsson, the man asked to play in attack. To the general backdrop of how Team Estonia has been doing, they thought this safest indeed. With eight goals under his belt for Estonia, could Mr Piiroja be the historic first Estonian to score in farewell game?
Intl athletics body bans Estonian runner Nikolai Vedehin for doping
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is accusing Estonian runner Nikolai Vedehin of breach of anti-doping regulations and has temporarily banned the 29-year-old from competition.
Fighting spirit switched off – the typical play-off Bengals
A fresh NFL record set by the club where Margus Hunt plays American football – never before has a team dropped off at round one in play-offs four years running. Lousy playing, no will to fight i.e. the typical play-off Bengals, said the US experts after Indianapolis Colts’ 24:10 win.
They’re Simply the Best
Picking the best sportsmen of the year might leave a thing or two hanging, but let’s admit: all those decorated were worth it, and the judgements just.
Sports in 2014: the hot and the cold
This past sports year was for us both hot and cold, joyful and full of sadness. Alas, the latter being more abundant. To balance the regrets, some shining moments offered at least some temporary relief. Underneath, find the five major ups and downs of 2014.
Picking best of 2014: intrigue at start line
This time, selecting Estonian sportsmen of the year will get emotional. While the best lady and team are basically settled – Erika Kirpu and the epee girls – then who’s the best guy? And the coach? With the latter, confusion and intrigue crouch at the very starting line.
Court spares Estonian javelin world champion Varnik of jail
A court here on Tuesday spared former javelin world champion Andrus Varnik of jail for breach of probation but ordered the retired athlete to undergo treatment for alcoholism.
Professor says no way Russia stripped of FIFA World Cup
Recent threats by several world politicians and sports leaders to strip Russia of upcoming football World Cup finals will not alter the great political plans in Kremlin, claims Russian political scientist and visiting professor at University of Tartu Andrey Makarychev.
A tie smelling like bouquet of bitter losses
For Estonian football, Saturday night was a nightmare of historic calibre. In an UEFA 2016 qualifier, we failed to beat host San Marino – the red lantern in FIFA. With 0:0 a sad reality, the game was depressing to watch and a bystander will ever be wondering how they ever planned to score. Thus, for the third time in their history, team San Marino could rejoice for keeping their goal clean.
Estonia beats Norway 1-0 in friendly
The Estonian national football team defeated Norway 1-0 (1-0) in a friendly played in Oslo on Wednesday.
Great expectations in jobless footballers
Over the years, a routine has set in Team Estonia – people playing with no games under their belt in home clubs, and some jobless altogether. Former Estonian defender Marek Lemsalu says the boys think too highly of themselves and ever keep seeking openings in the good clubs. Estonian Football Association president Aivar Pohlak fails to fully agree.
Coach Pehrsson relieved: «risk» paid off
In their first European Championship qualifier under head coach Magnus Pehrsson, Estonian national footballers pocketed a precious 1:0 home win over Slovenia. After the game, Mr Pehrsson admitted letting in Ats Purje – the kicker of the goal – was risky in ways more than one.
Mägi powers into finals
«In the finals, competition is going to be tough. All are under 49 second guys,» said Rasmus Mägi after securing a place in the Friday finals of 400 metres hurdles by running to Estonian record in the European track and field Championship in Zurich – 48.54, former record 48.77. Right after Mr Mägi, Marek Niit tackled the same distance without the hurdles – with 45.80, he narrowly failed to make it into the finals.
Doping committee «disturbed by behaviour of the accused»
At long last, the report by a committee investigating activities of former Tartu sports physician Vitali Bernatski, allegedly a mediator of doping substances, came public yesterday. As expected, no-one’s guilt or innocence is directly proven therein. For the next steps, the ball was now thrown to Estonian Olympic Committee.
Estonian épée ladies win World Cup silver
This surely was a silver won and not a gold lost, assured Irina Embrich after the team was beaten by Russia, in the finals. «One is disappointed with each defeat, but this time the joy outweighs the sadness.» Erika Kirpu added that appetite is now whetted: «One day we’ll be the champions!»
Pocketbook puts brakes on excellent Estonian rally racers
Rally Estonia, a stage of European championships, saw native drivers speed to glory.
Estonian cyclist fails doping test
There’s just one culprit to professional bicyclist Peeter Pruus getting caught using trimetazidine – banned starting this year – thundered Estonian sports physician Mihkel Mardna: Estonian Anti-Doping Agency (EAD).
The Tour: on pedalling power of Kangert, Taaramäe and Nibali
Come Saturday, best cyclists on planet start from Leeds, England hitting the road for the grand Tour de France – to be in Paris, in three weeks. Among others, two Estonians will saddle up and ride: Tanel Kangert and Rein Taaramäe. If Mr Kangert were team leader and Mr Taaramäe on top form, both might end up among ten best. Alas! One is assisting the Astana star Vincenzo Nibali, and the other is nowhere near his two-years-back turbo performance.
Pubs pull back from serving World Cup
This year, FIFA licence was required to show World Cup football in public places. The demand scared off lots of spots. According to Public Broadcasting (ERR), just 30-some businesses had applied by May 9th deadline.
Suspects shun showdown with doping doc
Committee called to investigate claims by Vitali Bernatski thinks Estonia does have other doping dealing doctors.
Andres Oper – ever instinctively striker
Estonian national football team’s greatest goalmaker Andres Oper plays career’s final game as, on Lilleküla stadium in Tallinn, Estonia and Gibraltar settle for 1:1.
Tartu Marathon cancelled: no snow
A week ago, Tartu Marathon organisers still kept up their hopes. By yesterday, the cold facts hit home: there just won’t be snow for the grand yearly event.
Skier Šmigun-Vähi suspected in doping
According to Kristjan Port, member of Estonian Anti-Doping Agency council, the doping suspicion regarding double Olympic champion Kristina Šmigun-Vähi is based on an adverse analytical finding.
Estonian Sochi success would spell super surprise
On the eve of Olympic Games starting tomorrow, Estonian winter sports are in a state that stops the wildest of enthusiast from dreaming of medals. A top ten spot – for most, that’d be totally outdoing themselves.
Andres Oper: half a life in Team Estonia
With historic amount of goals under his belt, for Estonian national football team, Andres Oper announces departure from top sports due to injury.
Investigator hopes sinners will confess
Foundation Eesti Antidoping is creating a committee to find out whether Vitali Bernatski, a doctor, mediated banned substance to sportsmen.
Top crook cooks up false footballers
Behind the greatest football fraud in Estonian stands a leading figure in Ida-Viru County criminal circles, the convicted murderer Valeri Mihhailov.
Seli says «medal now belongs to the people»
«As they say: victory belongs to the sportsman, the emotion to the people. Now, we may say, the medal also belongs to the people,» said Estonian Olympic Committee chief Neinar Seli, home from the London auction with Erika Salumäe’s 1998 Seoul Olympic gold.
Erika Salumäe selling Olympic golds
At an auction on November 4th, an Estonian sports heroine Erika Salumäe is selling all her medals, souvenirs, and competition kit. Among other things, the track cyclist is selling her Olympic golds from Soul and Barcelona.
Estonia drops 3 places in FIFA rankings
The Estonian national football team slid three places to 88th in the FIFA rankings for September.
Estonia defeated 1-5 by Hungary in World Cup qualifier
The Estonian national football team was defeated 1-5 by Hungary in a World Cup qualifying match played in Hungary on Tuesday.
Unbelievable triumph: Novosjolov, gold! Beljajeva, gold!
Estonia is a formidable fencer! Taking two World Champs golds... While the victory by Nikolai Novosjolov, the 2010 world champion was, perhaps, to be expected, Julia Beljajeva was a bolt out of the blue. The damsel being only 21, and fencing a sports for the experienced.
Estonian athlete Emilija Manninen wins gold at deaflympics
Estonian athlete Emilija Manninen on Thursday won a gold medal in women's 400 meters hurdles at the deaflympics held in Sofia, Bulgaria with a world record breaking result.
Renewed Holland vs leaderless Estonia
Estonia’s national basketballers, having occasionally played fine in qualifications for 2013 European Championships, enter the fray for a place in the finals of 2015. To begin with, today they play Holland, a team beaten by them two years back. However, the latter is not half the bunch it used to be.
Euroleague lures Vene back to Lithuania
Estonian national basketball team’s shooting guard Siim-Sander Vene has entered into contract with the Lithuanian top club Zalgiris Kaunas, thereby also playing in Euroleague, next season.
Dearth of money destroying Estonian rally
In rallying, youngsters do not dominate. The nine time world champ Sebastien Loeb, for instance, took his first title at 30 years of age. This year’s leader Sebastien Ogier being 29. To gain great victories, patience is needed. And grace to go through tough times.
Trauma in Tallinn taxi accident may end Estonian footballer Oper's career
A trauma suffered by Estonian midfielder Andres Oper in a car accident in Tallinn in May may jeopardize the continuation of his career as a football player, the daily Ohtuleht said.
Hero of the Week: Tanel Kangert, too tough for mere helper
Tanel Kangert is tough. Top tough. One of the few riders in this whole world able to climb mountains, take the excruciating pain in tempo ride with lactic-acid-laden muscles, outlast hours of cold and rain, stomach the toil of long stages… for three entire weeks, never letting go. «If Kangert hadn’t had to help the Astana leader Vincenzo Nibali, he would surely have made it to top ten, overall, in Italy,» affirmed the Estonian bicycling guru Jaan Kirsipuu.
Victory boosts Kanepi’s pre-Paris confidence
Kaia Kanepi is back, in all her power and bang, as if the half year injury never existed – emphatically evidenced by winning the Brussels tournament with two matches’ load on two days, the final one included, the feet OK and spirits high.
Kanepi wins Brussels Open
Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi (WTA 40) won the USD 690,000 Brussels Open on Saturday by beating China's Shuai Peng (WTA 34) 6-2, 7-5.
Kangert a likely team leader at Vuelta, in the fall
Tanel Kangert’s ride at Giro is so impressive that at Vuelta, the third grand tour of the season starting at the end of August, he may become Astana team leader. More specifically: a minor leader who is not helped but who is not required to help others – just going all out for himself.
Baruto: knee surgery an option
«The injured knee is all swollen up, twice as large as usual. Turning blue,» is how the sumo wrestler Kaido Höövelson aka Baruto described his knee the day after it was hurt during a match with Kisenosato, cutting short the grand Natsu-basho tournament.
Gerd Kanter banks on experience, not youth
Six years have passed since Gerd Kanter took his World Champ title. The only one, so far. Coming into years, he would love to feel the feeling once more.
Tallinn student formula team takes 2nd place in US
On the eve of May 11th, the Tallinn University of Technology/ University of Applied Sciences joint Formula Student Team Tallinn (FSTT) rose to receive the second prize at product development competition Formula SAE. In Michigan, USA, 117 teams took four days to compete in theoretical knowledge and drives.
Kirsipuu: «Kangert manifesting his might!»
Tanel Kangert is making history. At the Italian race on Saturday, he was third at separate start stage. Rising to tenth position, overall, on Sunday. At that, he managed to help team member Vincenzo Nibali keep the pink leader’s jersey.
Competition claims life of a sportsman
Estonian orienteering Championships ended in tragedy, Andres Minn perishing as the result of an unfortunate fall.
Estonian Anti-Doping Agency witholds demand to open old Veerpalu tests
Agency decides not to demand that older doping tests of skier Andrus Veerpalu be opened, as yet.
Kevin Korjus keen to be fit and fast
Today, Kevin Korjus does his maturity exam in English and dashes off Barcelona, to kick off GP3 formula season. Tests on Friday, races on Saturday and Sunday. Mr Korjus hopes the car will not fail him, this year. «Knock on wood, hope all goes good this time,» said his manager and financer Raivo Tamm. «He knows well enough there’s no turning back. After last years’ mediocrity, he has to prove to be fit and fast.»
Estonian football hit by showers of cards and extra aggressiveness
Estonian leagues are seeing more of the yellow and red cards. Also, numerous game situations demand thorough analysis.
Jerõgina: gymnast by the grace of God
Never before has a rhythmic gymnast as talented as Karina Jerõgina (16) been seen around in Estonia, say the experts. As confirmed by 4th place at juniors’ European Championships last year. «She’s got all a rhythmic gymnast could dream of – the grace, the perfect body, flexibility, jumping power, coordination, the feel of the rhythm… Everything!» says Ms Jerõgina’s coach, former Estonian champion Natalia Bestšastnaja. «And what’s most important – an immense ability to work. This girl is a training fanatic!»
Kangert goes to take Giro. For Nibali
On Saturday, Tanel Kangert starts at the Italian Giro bicycle race, to take the first major win of the season. For the team, that is. Him being the helper-in-chief for the Astana leader Vincenzo Nibali.
Fist punch injects intrigue into final game
«McLeod ought to be put to first plane home!» said the Rapla TYCO basketball team head coach Indrek Ruut, passing Alar Varrak, colleague from Kalev/Cramo. Not joking, as evident by his obvious irritation and the threat of physical penalty for the American player in his voice. «Hey, behold now the tough guy!» Mr Varrak, interviewed by journalists, yelled after him.
In father’s footsteps – Kristian Kullamäe scores 90 points in one game
As all sports fans well know, the current Tartu Rock basketball team head coach Gert Kullamäe used to be a bona fide shooting machine, never to be left uncovered on court. This Sunday, his 13 year old son Kristian proved to be a chip off the old block. In a C1 class Estonian Championships game, the young Kullamäe, playing for Audentes, shot 90 points against Rakvere Tarvas.
Margus Hunt: dying to be first, since childhood
Margus Hunt, the giant of a man from a tiny Estonian town, now a professional American footballer, was just dying to be first since childhood. Except in studies at school, that is.
Margus Hunt selected in NFL draft
Estonian defensive end Margus Hunt has been chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2013 NFL Draft. He was taken with 21st pick of the second round and 53rd overall.
National hockey team lands last, drinks till back home
Estonian Ice Hockey Association president Jaan Mölder says the Dmitri Medvedev led team shamed nation and flag of Estonia at World Championship
Boston Marathon featured three Estonian runners
According to the Boston Marathon website, those crossing the finish line included three representatives of Estonia: Vladimir Bõtšuk, Jekaterina Volonševitš and Dan Bronstein.
Uibo, Estonia’s fresh decathlon star: not bad, room for growth
Track and field outdoors season is off with a bang: Maicel Uibo’s 8,223 in decathlon is strong stuff for a 20 year old, says the legendary Erki Nool. «Rather surprising, the result. However, the boy does have good technique, keeps his head cool. Provided he’ll train hard and avoid injury, he may make it big.»
Mighty man: Jaanus Levkoi coach to both basketball finalists
Even with the Estonian ladies basketball championships finals only starting today, Jaanus Levkoi may already count himself «champion coach». Not that one team would be toweringly stronger. The matter is quite unique – Mr Levkoi trains both finalists.
Mandri: Tour of Estonia will be a super cool race!
«The Estonian bicycle race will be super cool! The stages are fun, great both for the public and the cyclist,» said Rene Mandri, in praise of the newborn days-long race officially called Tour of Estonia.
Estonian Ski Association asks Alaver to return as head coach
The Estonian Ski Association on Friday asked Mati Alaver to return as head coach of the national cross-country ski team.
The Veerpalu case: WADA wind sniffers
In Soviet times, as traffic militia halted a vehicle to check documents or what not, they tried to stick their head in the window and do some sniffing – in the hope of smelling alcohol. Occasionally, they were crowned with success, and if the driver pleaded guilty, punishment followed. Such militiamen were, back then, called wind sniffers. Alas: human nose is no precision instrument. It often erred and further expert analysis would prove the people clean. The conclusion being: no use of alcohol detected.
The Kanepi comeback: no big goals
Tennis player Kaia Kanepi, to compete again after six months’ pause, sets herself no big goals for initial tournaments.
It’s Hunt-ing season, at NFL
NFL coaches at pains to figure out Margus Hunt worth. New York Jets head coach flies to Dallas to train with the Estonian.
Mathematician saves Veerpalu honour
Upon initial news of Andrus Veerpalu’s positive doping test, took no stand. As a scientist, she had no reason to believe the tests used to prove doping might not work. And, nor reason to believe that Mr Veerpalu verily had sinned with banned substance. A well-balanced person, she didn’t rush to rallies supporting the skier, nor did she join the We Believe Andrus Veerpalu Facebook community.
Gallery: Garri Kasparov plays simultaneous chess in Tallinn
Yesterday, former World Champion and renowned public activist Garri Kasparov lectured in Tallinn University on role of chess in education, winding the day up with a round of charitable simultaneous chess in café Wabadus, in support of chess-training in Estonia.
Sports court’s hazy judgement: guiltless, yet guilty
International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is one strange establishment passing incomprehensible, even absurd judgements.
Crushed jawbone pulverises European Championships hopes
The week-end Estonian Karate Championships proved quite a nightmare for Lauri Mengel, seeking his 10th individual gold medal, cancelling the rest of his season.
Editorial: truth and justice of our Andrus Veerpalu
Few issues have stirred Estonians, of late, like the suspected doping by Andrus Veerpalu. Facebook page We Believe Andrus Veerpalu gained over 60,000 supporters. No doubt at all: doubting our sports hero cut deep into the Estonian soul.
Estonia-Andorra 2:0 – tactics and talent seal the deal
Estonian national football team took its second win in current World Cup qualifiers, beating Andorra 2:0, on home turf. The same team was also subdued abroad, in October.
The Veerpalu case: read full version of CAS judgement
International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) annulled the three year ineligibility (CAS) imposed on Estonian skier Andrus Veerpalu by International Skiing Federation for use of growth hormones. Full version of CAS judgement may be accessed HERE.
CAS declares the testing method for the detection of human growth hormone reliable but annuls the 3-year suspension imposed
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the appeal of the Estonian cross-country skier Andrus Veerpalu against the decision of the Doping Panel of the International Skiing Federation (FIS) on 22 August 2011 which sanctioned him with a period of ineligibility of 3 years following a positive anti doping control for human growth hormone (hGH) at the beginning of 2011.
Estonian skier Veerpalu cleared of doping charges - official
The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday published its ruling in the case of Estonian skier Andrus Veerpalu, clearing the two-time Olympic gold medalist of doping charges.
Holland beat Estonia 3-0
Holland scored three second-half goals to brush Estonia aside 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier
Aspiring Estonia eager to shock Holland
Estonian footballers entering the 53,000-seat Amsterdam Arena tonight, to face the Dutch, see no reason to fear and hunker into all-out defence. However, Captain Ragnar Klavan does underline: it has to be all feet on deck. It’s all up to attitude – shall we, at 95th minute, run that extra metre, fight that extra minute? «We must give it our all. And more,» says Mr Klavan.
Great game coming, tomorrow: supercoach van Gaal correcting mistakes
Louis van Gaal (61), with Dutch, Spanish and German championship wins under his belt, plus an UEFA Champions League triumph, has almost all a club coach could ever dream to achieve. Today’s Estonian boasts a guy who knows Mr van Gaal and his handwriting better than anyone around – Captain Ragnar Klavan. In January 2009, Klavan went to AZ Alkmaar to be under Mr van Gaal. By April, he was embracing the Dutch Cup.
Skateboard champ Max Kruglov, a wild party animal
Simple Session skateboard champion Max Kruglov intends to celebrate grand style. «There’s crazy parties in Estonia, I’ve been night-clubbing every day, no exception. See you in the bar, promise,» says the man, taking both skateboarding and festival fun dead serious.
Simple Session winner Kevin Peraza: living the life of my dreams!
Mexican Kevin Peraza proclaimed best BMX rider at this year’s Simple Session.
Crazy gallery: Simple Session
Check out tricks by BMX riders at Simple Session!
Estonia drops 7 places in FIFA rankings
The Estonian national football team fell seven places to 89th in the FIFA rankings for March published on Thursday.
Japanese discover new Baruto, in Oonurme
Tracking the footprints of their idol, camera-equipped Japanese are a familiar sight on soil tread by Baruto in his childhood days.
Estonian Football Association bans eight amid probe into match fixing
The disciplinary committee of the Estonian Football Association on Friday imposed a temporary ban on eight persons, seven of whom played in the national league in the past season.
Arbitration court postpones ruling in Veerpalu case again
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has postponed its ruling, originally due today, on the doping case of Andrus Veerpalu, the Estonian two times Olympic gold medalist in cross-country skiing.
Hunt tests pave way to NFL
«We have this guy here who weighs 125 kg and runs 40 yards at 4.6 seconds. I can’t get it into my head. How on earth did he pull that off?» said Scott Pioli, Kansas City Chiefs’ last season head manager to a journalist asking who surprised him most at tests. «At university, he blocked 17 kicks, got nicknamed Eastern Bloc.» Program host Scott Hanson shared Pioli’s excitement: «If Hunt turns pro, he’s gonna get huge ad contracts.»
Rehemaa takes surprise 7th in XC World Championship
Aivar Rehemaa took seventh place in the 15-kilometer individual-start, freestyle race, at the FIS Nordic Ski Championship in Val di Fiemme on Wednesday, reported ERR News.
Margus Hunt proves powerful at NFL tests
Margus Hunt, pushing into professional American football, showed excellent physical results at NFL tests for second day running.
Ten Latvians to get medals for saving Estonian rally duo
The Estonian Rescue Board is to award its Lifesaver Medal to ten Latvian nationals who saved the lives of an Estonian rally driver and his co-pilot after an accident during a rally in Latvia last summer.
Estonia's twice Olympic bronze Indrek Pertelson pleads not guilty to bankruptcy offenses
Former Estonian top judoka Indrek Pertelson pleaded not guilty in court on Monday to charges of economic offenses related to the insolvency five years ago of a company that built and ran an exclusive sports club in western Tallinn.
Simen Oestensen and Sandra Hansson won the 42nd Tartu Maraton
The winner of 42nd Tartu Maraton was decided in a 17-men group finish and the first place went to Simen Oestensen from Norway with winning time 2:45:01. Joergen Brink (SWE), last year’s winner came second this year with 2:45:02.1, Anders Aukland, two times winner of Tartu Maraton, was third with 2:45:02.3. Best Estonian was Algo Kärp who was 11th.
Taaramäe beats «flu of lifetime», competes this weekend
Cyclist Rein Taaramäe overcomes severe influenza and is ready to roll again. This weekend, he tackles Tour de Haut Var.
Question mark lingers over Kaia Kanepi comeback
Estonia’s top tennis player Kaia Kanepi, recovering from Achilles' tendon syrgery, took up training again at the start of January. On her website, she talks about the progress.
August Tammeväli: 80 years, 41 marathons
August Tammeväli has done all 41 of Tartu ski marathons. This winter, the 80-year-old’s «ski coverage» reaches a couple of hundred kilometres. However, he doesn’t limit himself to skiing.
Tänak’s rally team dethrones that of Märtin
Ott Tänak, on leave from professional sports, finds fulfilment leading a rally team of his own.
Painful blow: Greco-Roman wrestling voted off Olympics
While this morning’s Daily Telegraph reporter the talk of taking wrestling off the 2020 Olympics programme, by now BBC Sport and all major international news outlets declare that it’s a done deal. Wrestling is no longer an Olympic event.
Decided: Tartu Ski Marathon comes full force
Today, final and conclusive meeting was held by organising committee of 42nd Tartu Ski Marathon, checking the main issues and deciding the following: everything is in place for the event to be held according to programme, full scale, with nothing omitted, according to press service.
No trouble at police-free Scotland v Estonia game
Wednesday's trouble free game at Aberdeen's Pittodrie stadium between Scotland and Estonia made history as the first modern international match in Scotland to go ahead without a police presence inside the ground, the Scotsman reported.
Estonian Striker Hospitalized Following Scotland Match Clash
Veteran striker Andres Oper spent the night in an Aberdeen hospital after suffering a head injury in Estonia's Wednesday night friendly against Scotland, ERR News reported.
Rüütli: we managed to cause some alarm
The year kicked off with defeat for the Estonian national football team last night, as the friendly held in Scotland’s home turf ended 0-1.
Captain Klavan: aim to keep Scots from scoring
Captain of Estonia’s national football team Ragnar Klavan said before today’s match against Scotland that top priority is for Estonians to stand firm in defence.
Tartu Marathon Entries Reach 25-Year High
Registration for the 42nd Tartu Marathon set a 25-year record today well ahead of the February 17 ski event, ERR News reported.
Estonia v Scotland: colourful history, familiar coaches
Tomorrow, Estonian national football team faces its first international opponent of the year, playing Scotland in a friendly, in Aberdeen. The two haven’t met for quite a while, but the 1990ies bring loads of memories.
Martin Müürsepp dreams of head coach post
The BC Kalev/Cramo basketball team’s assistant coach Martin Müürsepp admitted in an interview to former home team UNICS Kazan, published on their website, that it is his dream to become the head coach of some team: «A timid young fellow indeed, I still do desire to become a head coach!» said Mr Müürsepp.
Märtin: had Tänak done things right, his program would continue
Former rally driver Markko Märtin, in a straightforward interview to Estonia’s local car magazine Autoleht, criticized the young Ott Tänak for not seizing his opportunity to make it big in the world of rally racing.
Ari Vatanen: Estonia has no new Markko Martin yet
Ari Vatanen, the 1981 World Rally champion running for the post of president of the Estonian Autosport Union, has said that while there are several good young rally drivers in Estonia the country does not have a new Markko Martin yet.
Baruto Loses, Ozeki Hopes Crushed
Estonian sumo wrestler Baruto scored his sixth loss in the Hatsu Basho in Tokyo today, killing his last chance to restore the ozeki rank he lost at the end of last year, reported ERR News.
World rally champion Ari Vatanen runs for Estonian Autosport Union top job
Ari Vatanen, the World Rally Championship drivers' title holder from 1981, is running for the position of president of the Estonian Autosport Union.