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Disgraced cross-country ski star stripped of both state awards

15.04.21 SPORTS ... President Kersti Kaljulaid is to strip veteran Estonian cross country skier Andrus Veerpalu of his state awards, in the light of a two-year ban he recently received for involvement in illicit blood doping, the president's office announced Thursday.

Kerr Kriisa enters NCAA transfer portal, could leave Arizona

15.04.21 SPORTS ... After Kerr Kriisa's college team Arizona Wildcats hired a new head coach, multiple players have asked for their release, including the Estonian guard, who is looking at his options.

Robert Rooba looking to take a step forward after career year

15.04.21 SPORTS ... Estonian ice hockey forward Robert Rooba finished the Finnish Liiga season with 30 goals for his Jyväskylä side and is now awaiting interest from outside of Finland.

Former Olympic champ Andrus Veerpalu hit with two-year ban

15.04.21 SPORTS ... The international Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) anti-doping department found two-time Olympic gold medalist Andrus Veerpalu to be guilty of participation in an organized doping scheme and imposed a two-year competition ban on the former skier.

Ice hockey national team to participate in international tournament

14.04.21 SPORTS ... This weekend, the Estonian national ice hockey team will participate in an international tournament in Poland, where they will face off against four opponents.

Estonia planning to send over 40 athletes to Tokyo Olympic Games

14.04.21 NEWS ... The Estonian Olympic Committee (EOC) plans to send more than 40 athletes to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, scheduled to start on July 23.

Football trainer accused of sexual abuse receives criminal suspicion

12.04.21 NEWS ... Getulio Aurelio Fredo, a football trainer at Nõmme Kalju, has received an official criminal suspicion for sexually abusing female players under his charge.

Tänak finishes second at Rally Sanremo

12.04.21 SPORTS ... Estonian rally driver Ott Tänak (Hyundai) and co-driver Martin Järveoja finished second at a rally in Sanremo, Italy, on Sunday, losing to first-place Hyundai teammate Thierry Neuville by 3.9 seconds.

National rowing team wins bronze at European Championships

12.04.21 SPORTS ... The Estonian national quadruple sculling rowing team (Jüri-Mikk Udam, Allar Raja, Tõnu Endrekson and Kaspar Taimsoo) received bronze in the A final of the European Rowing Championships in Italy on Sunday.

Kalev/Cramo wins Estonian-Latvian Basketball League

12.04.21 SPORTS ... BC Kalev/Cramo defeated VEF Riga 86:75 on their way to the Estonian-Latvian Basketball League championship on Sunday. Rapla Avis Utilitas fell to BK Ogre 75:73 in the third-place meeting prior.

Rapla defeats reigning champion Ventspils in Estonian-Latvian league

09.04.21 SPORTS ... Rapla Avis Utilitas advanced to the semi-finals of the Estonian-Latvian Basketball League after defeating Ventspils 79:69. Rapla will face Kalev/Cramo on Saturday.

Runner: I understood how small Tallinn is after I started running marathons

09.04.21 SPORTS ... Marathoner Jekaterina Patjuk visited the "Staadionijutud" podcast to discuss the highs and lows of long-distance running and her battle for an Olympic ticket this summer.

Wrestler Heiki Nabi's B sample confirms doping find

09.04.21 SPORTS ... The B sample of Greco-Roman wrestler Heiki Nabi's doping sample confirmed the wrestler used letrozole, a drug prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Skiing season will last for few more weeks at Haanja sports center

09.04.21 SPORTS ... With warmer weathers approaching in the coming weeks, the Haanja sports center will maintain their existing ski trails for as long as the spring allows it.

Estonian chess Grandmaster claims nearly $500,000 in poker tournament

08.04.21 SPORTS ... After reaching the final two of a Super High Rollers poker event, 23-year old chess Grandmaster Ottomar Ladva and second-place finisher Mairus Gierse cut a deal to share the final prize pool of the tournament. The Estonian came out with $446,446 of the tournament's total prize pool.

Estonian national biathlon team announces head coach contest

08.04.21 SPORTS ... The Estonian Biathlon Federation (Estonian Biathlon Team) has announced a contest for the team's head coach position.

Court dismisses doping suspicions against Estonian wrestler Heiki Nabi

06.04.21 NEWS ... The Tallinn-based Harju County Court dismissed an action filed by Estonian wrestler Heiki Nabi, suspected of having used doping, against the Estonian Center for Integrity in Sports and the Estonian Anti-Doping Agency.

Gallery: Tallinna Kalev wins Estonian Super Cup

05.04.21 SPORTS ... JK Tallinna Kalev came out on top in the final of the women's domestic Super Cup on Saturday, ending FC Flora's three-year domination with a 1:0 victory.

Video: Ott Tänak flooring it on Croatian roads in Hyundai training session

01.04.21 SPORTS ... The Hyundai Motorsport World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturer team signed an extension with the series and is currently conducting training sessions in Croatia to prepare for a WRC round scheduled to begin on April 22. Estonian rally driver Ott Tänak took to the roads on Wednesday and showed out for the cameras.

Tartu Bigbank crowned Estonian volleyball champion

01.04.21 SPORTS ... On Wednesday evening, Tartu Bigbank defeated Saaremaa VK 3:0 (25:20, 25:17, 27:25) in the final series of the Estonian volleyball championships and was crowned the Estonian champion.

Estonia loses 1:0 to Sweden

01.04.21 SPORTS ... On Wednesday evening, the Estonian men's national football team endured a 1:0 loss to Sweden in a friendly match held in Stockholm.

Estonian national team to face Sweden in friendly

31.03.21 SPORTS ... The Estonian men's football national team will play against Sweden on Wednesday at 6.40 p.m. The friendly match will be broadcast on ETV2 and ERR's sports portal.

Kontaveit to return early from US tour after loss in Miami

29.03.21 SPORTS ... Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit fell to world 17th-ranked Belgian Elise Mertens in three sets (6:2, 0:6, 6:2) in a Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tournament in Miami on Sunday and will return to Estonia to prepare for the upcoming clay court season.

Jüri Vips finishes 13th in Bahrain after unlucky weekend

29.03.21 SPORTS ... Estonian formula pilot Jüri Vips (Hitech Grand Prix) finished 13th in the feature race of a Formula 2 event in Sakhir, Bahrain, over the weekend. The weekend event was full of disappointment for the Estonian as the Estonian was disqualified, had technical issues, and experienced delays in an important pit stop.

Estonia loses to Belarus in World Cup qualification

29.03.21 SPORTS ... The Estonian men's national football team continued their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament with a 2:4 loss to Belarus on Saturday.

Watch again: Eva-Lotta Kiibus and Aleksandr Selevko clinch Olympic tickets

29.03.21 SPORTS ... The World Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm wrapped up over the weekend with two Estonians - Eva-Lotta Kiibus and Aleksandr Selevko - ensuring a place in the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year.

Peeter Olesk wins World Cup event, ensures Olympic spot

26.03.21 SPORTS ... After beginning Friday's events of a World Cup sport shooting event in New Delhi, India, in first place, Estonian shooter Peeter Olesk maintained his position and ensured a ticket to the 2022 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Watch again: Aleksandr Selevko's modest short program enough to advance

26.03.21 SPORTS ... Estonian men's champion figure skater Aleksandr Selevko was able to advance to the free program event of the Stockholm Figure Skating World Championships after finishing 24th in a sloppy short program discipline.

€2.5 million allocated for Rally Estonia

25.03.21 NEWS ... The Estonian government decided at its sitting on Thursday to allocate €2.5 million for the organization of Rally Estonia 2021.

Watch again: Eva-Lotta Kiibus advances to free skating program

25.03.21 SPORTS ... Eva-Lotta Kiibus finished Wednesday's short program discipline at the Stockholm Figure Skating World Championships with a result of 59.65 points and advanced to Friday's free skating discipline.

Depleted football national team loses qualifier to Czech Republic

25.03.21 SPORTS ... After making sudden changes in the team's line-up due to a coronavirus case, the Estonian men's national football team started the 2022 World Cup qualifier cycle with a 2:6 loss to the Czech Republic.

Eva-Lotta Kiibus begins her Olympic bid in Stockholm

24.03.21 SPORTS ... The first event of the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships schedule is the women's Short Program, which will also see 18-year old Eva-Lotta Kiibus take the ice in hopes of advancing to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.

COVID-19 case forces multiple changes in football national team

24.03.21 SPORTS ... The Estonian men's national football team gathered on Monday in preparation for three upcoming matches, two of which are qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. A positive coronavirus test however has forced changes in the team, including sending team manager Thomas Häberli home to isolate.

Women's epee team through to Tokyo Summer Olympics

24.03.21 SPORTS ... The Estonian women's epee (fencing) team has qualified for this year's Tokyo Olympics despite losing in the quarter-finals of the recent world championship stage in Kazan, Russia, ERR's sports portal reports.

Kaia Kanepi starts Miami tournament with straight set victory

24.03.21 SPORTS ... Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi got off to a good start in a WTA tournament in Miami late on Tuesday, defeating world 80-ranked Lauren Davis in straight sets - 6:3, 7:5.

EPL: Schoolgirl basketball coach charged with sex offenses involving minors

23.03.21 NEWS ... Sexual abuse allegations have again rocked the world of Estonian sport, this time surrounding a girls' school basketball team, whose coach is charged with sexual offenses, daily Eesti Päevaleht (EPL) reports.

Carlos Jürgens and Oral Roberts advance to March Madness Sweet 16

22.03.21 SPORTS ... Estonian guard Carlos Jürgens and his Oral Roberts Golden Eagles started off their NCAA March Madness tournament with two big victories - an overtime win over second-ranked Ohio State, followed by a win over Florida in the second round. Oral Roberts will face Arkansas in the Sweet 16 round on Sunday early morning.

Estonian epee national team starts Olympic chase with victory over Ukraine

22.03.21 SPORTS ... The Estonian women's epee national team is participating in a tournament in Kazan, Russia, in order to achieve advancement to the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. Estonia took a victory over Ukraine to start the tournament and will face Russia on Tuesday.

"AK.Nädal" feature: How to stop sexual abuse of minors in sports

22.03.21 NEWS ... Criminal proceedings have been opened against the Nõmme Kalju football coach Getulio Aurelio Fredo who is suspected of sexual abuse of minors. Raising awareness and prevention are important but unfortunately, not all clubs have taken these steps, ETV's weekly news show "AK.Nädal" reported on Sunday.

Egon Kaur: The goal is to sit behind the wheel of a WRC car

22.03.21 SPORTS ... Estonian rally driver Egon Kaur hopes to participate in most of the World Rally Championship series this season and has not yet buried the dream of driving in the WRC category, ETV's "Sport" reported on Saturday.

Henry Sildaru takes second medal at junior world championships

21.03.21 NEWS ... Henry Sildaru has won the bronze medal in slopestyle at the FIS Freestyle World Championships in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Football trainer accused of sexual abuse hit with coaching ban

20.03.21 NEWS ... A football coach accused of sexual abuse of female players under his charge has been barred from coaching and other activities relating to the sport. Criminal proceedings have also been initiated against the coach, Brazilian national Getulio Aurelio Fredo, who was women's team coach at top flight Meistriliiga team Nõmme Kalju FC, following the story coming to media attention just over a week ago.

Freestyle skier Henry Sildaru crowned junior world champion

20.03.21 SPORTS ... Estonian freestyle skier Henry Sildaru is junior world champion at the age of 14, mirroring achievements made by his older sister, Kelly, at around the same age.

Weekly: Elva football club ends nude photos coach contract five years later

19.03.21 NEWS ... Another case of alleged inappropriate sexual behavior on the part of a coach towards a young woman football player has been reported, this time at second division team FC Elva, investigative weekly Eesti Eskpress wrote earlier this week. The incidents entailed the sending of unsolicited nude photographs to more than one recipient, the weekly reports, and had actually been reported by daily Õhtuleht when they happened, nearly five years ago.

Portal: Court rejects wrestler prohibited substance ban appeal

18.03.21 SPORTS ... A court has rejected olympic Greco-Roman wrestler Heiki Nabi's appeal against a ban imposed by Estonia's anti-doping body last month. The ban followed Nabi's testing positive for banned substance letrozole earlier this year.

Men's national football team world cup qualifiers squad announced

17.03.21 SPORTS ... The Estonian men's national football team squad has been announced ahead of the Group E qualifying matches which start next week. At stake is a place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Finals in Qatar.

Nõmme Kalju sexual abuse allegations now with police, prosecutor's office

16.03.21 SPORTS ... A police investigation has been opened into allegations of sexual abuse by a football coach at top-flight team Nõmme Kalju FC. Two more victims have reportedly since come forward, following the allegations first made public late last week, by former women's player Mia Belle Trisna, against Nõmme Kalju coach Fredo Getúlio Aurelio.

Football league launches investigation into sexual abuse allegations

13.03.21 SPORTS ... Another scandal has engulfed the world of Estonian sport, this one involving allegations of sexual abuse by a football coach towards one or more female players, while they were still in their teens. The Estonian Football League (EJL) has launched an internal investigation into the matter, while the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) are currently not involved.

"Estonian basketball 100" chosen as Tallinn's sports initiative of the year

11.03.21 SPORTS ... For the first time in 25 years, the traditional Tallinn sports gala, where the best athletes, trainers and organizers are celebrated, was cancelled, but an award was given for the events organized in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Estonian basketball.

Gallery: Levadia and Maardu battle in Tipner Cup quarterfinal action

11.03.21 SPORTS ... On Wednesday, the quarterfinals of the domestic Tipner football cup continued with FCI Levadia taking a 2:0 victory over Maardu Linnameeskond. Levadia joins FC Flora and Narva Trans in the semi-finals with one more quarterfinal match to play.

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