WRC season to continue in Estonia in September, state to allocate funds

02.07.20 ... The organizers of Rally Estonia and WRC promoter GmbH confirmed on Thursday that the currently suspended World Rally Championship (WRC) season will continue in September with Rally Estonia. The government has allocated a total of €2.5 million to support the WRC round.

Estonian 3x3 teams made it to European Basketball Championship finals

01.07.20 ... Estonian teams will take part in the 3x3 European Basketball Championship in Antwerp, Belgium in September. Estonia's women's team will play in the Championship for the first time.

Basketball Association wants capacity of Baltic tournament raised to 1,500

30.06.20 ... The Estonian Basketball Association has requested raising the guest limit of their exhibition Baltic Chain tournament in July from the allowed 1,000 people to 1,500.

State real estate: indoor football hall would suit Maarjamäe

30.06.20 ... State real estate company Riigi Kinnisvara AS (RKAS) has assessed the location of the projected indoor football training hall near the Memorial to the Victims of Communism and deemed it suitable for development.

Rope walker Jaan Roose sets an Estonian record

30.06.20 ... On Monday, tightrope walker and slackliner Jaan Roose walked from the roof of Paju tänav's office building to the roof of Tigutorn in Tartu.

Rally Estonia organizer: Estonian WRC round will be decided this week

29.06.20 ... There have been rumors over the last few weeks that the suspended World Rally Championship (WRC) season will continue on September 4-6 with a round in Estonia. Urmo Aava, the chief organizer of Rally Estonia, has now met with WRC promoter GmbH but no official announcement has been made.

Jüri Vips to join Finnish F3 KIC Motorsport team

29.06.20 ... Estonian Formula Three driver Jüri Vips will compete in the ranks of Finnish KIC Motorsport next season, in the hopes of collecting enough points to be licensed to eventually compete in the top-flight Formula One series.

Ott Tänak confirms his participation in Viru Rally in July

26.06.20 ... The domestic rally season in Estonia will begin on July 4, when Viru Rally will begin in Lääne-Viru County. On Friday, reigning world champion duo Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja confirmed their participation and will compete in their Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.

Kontaveit and Zopp to play in Tallinn in July, Kanepi pulled out

26.06.20 ... Estonian top tennis players Anett Kontaveit (WTA 22) and Jürgen Zopp (ATP 540) will participate in a doubles tournament set to take place on June 8 in Tallinn.

Rally Estonia: We have been made an offer to host WRC round in Estonia

18.06.20 ... On Wednesday, the team behind Rally Estonia said that they have been made an offer to host a round of the World Rally Championships (WRC) in Estonia. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said the government is ready to allocate additional funds from the state budget to support the potential WRC rally.

Justice minister opposes plans to build football hall by communism memorial

16.06.20 ... Justice minister Raivo Aeg (Isamaa) has hit out at plans to construct an indoor training hall for professional football team Levadia, saying that its Maarjmäe site, in Tallinn, would be too close to the Memorial to the Victims of Communism.

Rally DirtFish: Speculation of WRC round in Estonia not true

15.06.20 ... According to the organizers of Rally DirtFish, which is set to take place in the South Estonian town of Otepää in August, the speculation around the rally becoming a round in the FIA's mission to finish the 2020 season is not true.

Ministry greenlights motorsport school

15.06.20 ... The Ministry of Education and Research has given its blessing to the Estonian motorsport academy which will be the first hobby school in Estonia dedicated purely to motorsport.

WRC: Estonian Rally DirtFish could be a WRC round in revised 2020 calendar

11.06.20 ... The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) has already canceled five and postponed two of it's rounds in the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Head of WRC promoter GmbH, Oliver Ciesla said there are alternative options being considered, one of which is Rally DirtFish, set to take place in August in South Estonia.

Defense Forces cutting Sports Platoon

11.06.20 ... The Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) have decided to cut the Sports Platoon established as part of its Support and Signal Battalion in 2006, which included 18 top athletes.

Tänak and Neuville to participate at Rally DirtFish in their WRC cars

09.06.20 ... Hyundai Motorsport announced on Tuesday that they will bring two WRC Rally 1 class cars to Estonia to compete at Rally DirtFish on August 7-8, driven by their two representative drivers: reigning world champion Ott Tänak and winner of Rally Monte Carlo 2020 Thierry Neuville.

Wales Rally GB next WRC round canceled due to coronavirus

09.06.20 ... Britain's World Rally Championship round Wales Rally GB has been officially canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. This marks the first time the event has been canceled in 50 years.

Estonian 3x3 streetball series gathering interest from other EU countries

08.06.20 ... For many Estonian national teamers who mainly train and compete indoors, the suspensions due to the pandemic have awakened a thirst for competition, which can be quenched by different formats of tournaments held over the summer.

Urmas Sõõrumaa re-elected President of the Estonian Olympic Committee

08.06.20 ... On Monday, Urmas Sõõrumaa was elected president of the Estonian Olympic Committee (EOK) for a second time.

In special circumstances, Maicel Uibo comes in third after Mayer and Kaul

08.06.20 ... On Sunday, 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championship silver medalist Maicel Uibo participated in the "Ultimate Garden Clash", a peculiar competition held by the IAAF. Uibo finished third behind decathlon world record holder Kevin Mayer and world champion Niklas Kaul.

Gallery: North Coast Regatta ends in Narva-Jõesuu for the first time

07.06.20 ... The fifth North Coast Regatta (Põhjaranniku regatt) ended in the resort town of Narva-Jõesuu for the first time in the event's history.

Estonian national team to face Latvia and Lithuania at Baltic tournament

05.06.20 ... The Estonian Basketball Association will organize a friendly tournament in July, where the national teams of Latvia and Lithuania will also take part. The tournament will symbolically be named Baltic Chain Tournament.

South Estonian Rally DirtFish to take place in August

05.06.20 ... Rally DirtFish, originally scheduled for the last weekend of July, will now be taking place two weeks later on August 7-8 in Otepää.

Estonian biathletes of the year are Regina Oja and Rene Zahkna

04.06.20 ... The Estonian Biathlon Federation acknowledged their best athletes of the 2019/2020 season. The awards for biathlete of the year went to Regina Oja and Rene Zahkna.

Skier Andreas Veerpalu charged with doping in Austria

04.06.20 ... Andreas Veerpalu, a cross-country skier who was caught blood doping at the World Ski Championships in 2019, has been charged in Austria.

Rally Finland canceled for 2020 season

03.06.20 ... With the remainder of the World Rally Championship (WRC) season still in doubt, the next scheduled round due to take place in Jyväskylä, Finland, has now been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of the competition announced on Wednesday.

Klavan and Cagliari will face tough Serie A schedule starting June 20

02.06.20 ... On Monday, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) finalised the schedule which will be used to finish the coronavirus-blighted Serie A season, ERR's sports portal reports.

Gerd Kanter: Tõnu Tõniste understands sports through and through

01.06.20 ... The Estonian Olympic Committe (EOC) will choose their next president on June 8. In the opposition to the current president of the, EOC Urmas Sõõrumaa, is Tõnu Tõniste, whose candidate for vice president is former Olympic gold medalist in the discus Gerd Kanter. Kanter had a short interview with ERR's sports portal.

Sõõrumaa: people don't realize how much sports budget has increased

01.06.20 ... On June 8, the Estonian Olympic Committee (EOC) is to choose their next president from the choice of either former Olympic sailor, and former finance minister, Tõnu Tõniste, and entrepreneur Urmas Sõõrumaa. Wishing to continue his term as president, Sõõrumaa has set the objective of both raising the amount of people involved in sports, and developing more sports facilities.

The Moscow Olympic Games changed the face of Tallinn forever

01.06.20 ... In Tallinn, there are still prominent reminders of developments made to host the sailing disciplines of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The city received 200 million rubles in addition to the budget to create the Tallinn Olympic Yachting Center.

Limited number of spectators allowed at sporting events from June

29.05.20 ... The Estonian government on Thursday decided to ease restrictions related to the coronavirus outbreak. From June 1, outdoor sporting events with spectators are permitted to be organized.

Estonian football league match broadcast internationally for first time

25.05.20 ... Sunday's Estonian football league (Premium liiga) match between Viljandi Tulevik and FCI Levadia was live broadcast in Ukraine and various Balkan countries, marking the first time an Estonian league match has been broadcast internationally.

Basketball NT training together in "sports city" until end of summer

25.05.20 ... The Estonia men's national basketball team will have joint training sessions in the Nord Cramo Sports Center until the end of the summer. The so-called sports city, unique in Estonia, will house 30-40 players vying for places in the national squad.

Estonian Autosport Union organizing summer rally with top WRC drivers

19.05.20 ... The Estonian Autosport Union (EAL) is organizing a high-level rally event with top WRC drivers on the roads near the Southern Estonian town of Otepää this summer.

Estonian NT first-choice goalkeeper unexpectedly retires from pro football

18.05.20 ... Sergei Lepmets, the first-choice goalkeeper of FCI Levadia and the Estonian national football team, on Monday called it quits at the age of 33.

Olympian decathlete Karl Robert Saluri ends career

14.05.20 ... Estonian multi-eventer Karl-Robert Saluri has decided to retire from athletics at the age of 26.

Premium liiga players all test negative for coronavirus

13.05.20 ... The Estonian Football Association (EJL) on Wednesday announced that the coronavirus tests of Premium liiga footballers and coaches, 28 referees and ten managing directors all came back negative.

Government rejects EAL's funding request for organizing a WRC test rally

12.05.20 ... The Estonian Autosport Union (EAL) in April proposed to use the money earmarked for Rally Estonia for fulfilling other federation goals. However, the Ministry of Culture says that the distribution of targeted subsidies cannot be altered.

Major event attendance in July, August to be capped at 1,000

12.05.20 ... According to Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps (Center), it was agreed at a government committee discussion on Tuesday that attendance for major events in July and August should be capped at 1,000. Gyms and swimming pools are also set to reopen next week.

Estonian football clubs return to full contact training

08.05.20 ... At Thursday's e-session, the government decided to extend the training opportunities for big league teams of team sports.

Higher percentage of Estonian coaches women compared to EU average

07.05.20 ... Estonia has a higher percentage of female coaches compared to the EU average and the amount of Estonian coaches that hold a university degree in recreation studies is quite high compared to other European countries.

Estonian FA asks government to restart championship on May 19

05.05.20 ... The Estonian Football Association (EJL) has requested the government to approve restarting the professional football season on May 19 in order to finish the season in December.

Drell on playing in NBA: I sincerely believe I will make it

04.05.20 ... Three Estonian basketball players - Maik-Kalev Kotsar, Sander Raieste and Henri Drell - have declared for the 2020 NBA draft. All three would want to play in the league, the future depends on whether they draw interest from NBA franchises.

Sõõrumaa: Sport needs €100 million more per year to ensure public health

04.05.20 ... President of the Estonian Olympic Committee (EOC) Urmas Sõõrumaa says that the Estonian sports system needs at least €100 million additionally per year to perform its main task as promoter of public health, and suggested distributing the extra money via a future Health Fund and the defense forces.

Anett Kontaveit nominated for Fed Cup award

01.05.20 ... Six players have been nominated for the three regional Group I Fed Cup Heart Awards in recognition of their Fed Cup performances in 2020. Estonia's Anett Kontaveit and Luxembourg's Eleonora Molinaro are the nominees from Europe/Africa zone.

Another Estonian to take part in NBA draft after joining reputable agency

01.05.20 ... Estonian national basketball team member Maik-Kalev Kotsar will join compatriots Henri Drell and Sander Raieste in the 2020 NBA draft.

Margus Hunt to sign with New Orleans Saints

01.05.20 ... Estonian defensive tackle Margus Hunt and National Football League franchise New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Pro cyclist Tanel Kangert criticizes restrictions on public events

01.05.20 ... Estonian pro cyclist Tanel Kangert (EF Pro Cycling) believes the government's plans to restrict public events due to the coronavirus pandemic are excessive.

Estonian FA to pay for footballers' coronavirus tests

29.04.20 ... The Estonian Football Association (EJL) has changed its stance and confirmed that it will cover the costs of the coronavirus tests for all footballers playing in the Estonian football championship.

Tänak: I was surprised, Hyundai was fast from the get-go

28.04.20 ... The speed of the Hyundai rally car proved to be somewhat of a surprise for Ott Tänak, who last year became the world champion with Toyota.
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