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Tänak hopes Rally Estonia organizers are careful creating jumps

11.08.20 ... Reigning rally world champion Ott Tänak is calling on WRC Rally Estonia organizers to exercise caution when developing jumps on the track at next months race.

Kalev RFC defeats Porvoo in first match on new home stadium

11.08.20 ... Kalev Rugby Football Club, playing in their third season of the Finnish Men's Championship, defeated Porvoo Old Town Shamrocks 40:27 on Sunday in the opening match on the first-ever rugby grounds built in Tiskre.

Europa League opponents for Kalju, Levadia and Paide drawn

11.08.20 ... On Monday, Estonian Premium League clubs Nõmme Kalju, FCI Levadia and Paide Linnameeskond found out the clubs they will face off against in the qualifying round of UEFA Europa League.

Rally Estonia says tax affairs will be in order

10.08.20 ... Rally Estonia organizers say they are working closely with the Tax and Customs Board (MTA) ahead of Septembers inaugural full WRC calendar event in southern Estonia, to ensure all tax aspects of the event are dealt with properly, particularly as the event is being organized at relative short notice in the aftermath of a major pandemic.

Estonian champions in 3x3 basketball declared on Saturday

10.08.20 ... On Saturday, the final stage of the Estonian championships in 3x3 basketball was held, with second-place Estonian team Lennujalad gaining access to the FIBA World Tour, held in Hungary on August 29-30.

FC Flora to face Lithuanian FK Suduva in Champions League preliminary round

10.08.20 ... Reigning Estonian football league champion FC Flora will face off against three-time Lithuanian club FK Suduva, after the UEFA Champions League qualifying round draw on Sunday.

Kontaveit loses in Palermo WTA final

10.08.20 ... Top Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit lost in the Palermo WTA tournament final in Italy to French player Fiona Ferro Sunday night, 6:2, 7:5.

Kontaveit through to Palermo final

08.08.20 ... Anett Konteveit is through to the final of the Palermo WTA tennis tournament in Italy, after beating world number 15 Petra Martic of Croatia in straight sets, 6:2, 6:4.

National women's volleyball team completes hat-trick over Latvia

07.08.20 ... On Wednesday, the Estonian women's national volleyball team held the last of three test matches against Latvia in the central Estonian town of Paide, completing a hat-trick of victories over their neighbor to the south.

Kontaveit reaches Palermo quarterfinals

07.08.20 ... Top Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit (WTA 22nd) reached the quarterfinals in the restart of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) season in Palermo, Italy, on Thursday, after defeating 65th-ranked German Laura Siegemund 2:1(3:6, 6:2, 6:2).

Culture minister: Rally Estonia will take place

06.08.20 ... Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) said at a government press conference on Thursday that WRC Rally Estonia, scheduled for September 4-6, will be taking place.

Health Board to discuss South Estonian Rally future on Thursday

06.08.20 ... On Thursday, government and the Health Board (Terviseamet) is to meet to discuss restrictive measures for the South Estonian Rally, scheduled for August 22-23. Organizers of the event announced on Wednesday that there are currently no measures set and it will take place at full capacity.

Ministerial undersecretary: Next ten days most critical for Rally Estonia

05.08.20 ... The spread of the coronavirus puts Rally Estonia's certainty in some jeopardy. The social affairs ministry has said that to make a final decision on the event, scheduled for a month from now and Estonia's first ever full WRC event, developments in the spread of the coronavirus have to be followed closely.

Kontaveit victorious in WTA season restart in Palermo

05.08.20 ... The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) 2020 season has resumed, following the coronavirus hiatus, in Palermo, Italy, where top Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit (WTA 22nd) defeated Romanian Patricia Maria Tig (WTA 85th) 2:0 (6:3, 6:3) on Tuesday.

Culture minister wants quarantine exemption for Rally Estonia participants

04.08.20 ... Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) has asked the government for a quarantine exemption for competitors and manufacturers at WRC Rally Estonia, to enable participants from high-risk countries to be allowed entry to Estonia without the required 14-day isolation period.

Video: Elfyn Evans testing his Toyota World Rally Car on Estonian roads

04.08.20 ... Welsh WRC driver Elfyn Evans, who currently lies in second place in the table, is in Estonia, a month before Rally Estonia, the country's inaugural WRC stage, testing the Toyota Yaris rally car on Estonian roads.

Former Olympic champ Gerd Kanter to participate in Estonian championships

04.08.20 ... Former olympic and world champion discus thrower Gerd Kanter is to participate in the track and field Estonian championships at Kadrioru Stadium, Tallinn, over the weekend.

Rally Estonia tickets go on sale Tuesday

04.08.20 ... Passes for Rally Estonia, the inaugural WRC stage for the country, go on sale Tuesday, costing €65 for adults and €15 for children aged 7-12. The race is to be held on the roads of South Estonia on September 4-6.

Javelin thrower Kirt to miss Estonian championships

04.08.20 ... Javelin thrower and World Athletics Championship silver medalist Magnus Kirt has pulled out of next weekend's Estonian championships.

Klavan scores own goal in Cagliari season finale loss

03.08.20 ... Italian Serie A side Cagliari Calcio, home club of Estonian national team captain Ragnar Klavan, lost their final match of the season 3-0 to AC Milan, finishing 14th in the Italian top tier after a promising start to the season.

Health board, scientific council oppose Rally Estonia quarantine exemption

03.08.20 ... Both the Health Board (Terviseamet) and the government's scientific committee set up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic oppose giving an exemption on event restrictions to September's Rally Estonia, daily Õhtuleht reports.

Tänak comes in second after teammate Thierry Neuville at Rally di Alba

03.08.20 ... Reigning WRC world champion duo Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja took part in the non-championship Rally di Alba in Italy over the weekend, to prepare for the continuation of the WRC season in early-September, with Rally Estonia. The Estonians came in second after Hyundai teammates Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul.

Gallery: 'Everesters' complete Kiviõli ash hill ascent overnight

02.08.20 ... Triathletes Rain Seepõld and Olle Rõuk have completed their "ascent of Everest" at an ash hill in the eastern Estonian town of Kiviõli, the first Estonians to do so on foot. The whole trek took Seepõld, who turned 31 during the event, a little under 19-and-a-half hours, with Rõuk, 45, completing it in just under 25-and-a-half hours, with both men running, not walking, up and down the ash hill, through the night.

Estonian basketball endures second loss in two days to Finland

31.07.20 ... The Estonian men's national basketball team lost their second test match in as many days 67:75 to Finland at Kisakallio.

Hyundai boss: Tänak, Neuville can display their cooperation at Alba Rally

31.07.20 ... Before the World Rally Championship season can restart in early-September with Rally Estonia, Hyundai Motorsport will participate at Rally di Alba in Italy. Team boss Andrea Adamo says the rally is an opportunity to prepare for the roads of Estonia for reigning world champion Ott Tänak and teammate Thierry Neuville.

Merko Cup second day gallery: Estonia rallies to beat Latvia 6:5

31.07.20 ... The Estonian tennis team rallied from a 3:2 deficit on the first day of the Merko Cup, to defeat Latvia 6:5 after solid performances from the women players. The overall victory was achieved after an intense, one-set mixed doubles match which Estonia won 7:5.

Estonian basketball national team loses to Finland

30.07.20 ... The Estonian men's national basketball team lost 76:97 to Finland in an exhibition game Wednesday. The defeat knocks some of the gloss off last weekend's victory over Latvia and Lithuania in a friendly competition marking the 100th anniversary of Estonian basketball.

Merko Cup day one gallery: Kontaveit and Kanepi win, Latvia holds 3:2 lead

30.07.20 ... The visiting Latvian tennis team holds a 3:2 lead over Estonia after the first match day of the Merko Cup in Tallinn Wednesday, with the women players performing more successfully than the men so far.

Gallery: Olympic fire lit in Tallinn to mark 1980 olympics anniversary

30.07.20 ... On Wednesday, the city of Tallinn and the Estonian Olympic Committee celebrated the 40th anniversary of the start of the 1980 Moscow Olympics yachting events, which were held in Pirita, by lighting a replica Olympic fire.

Estonian-Latvian tournament played on hard court, Kanepi to participate

28.07.20 ... The organizers of Merko Cup, an Estonian-Latvian exhibition match, have announced the tournament will be held on hard courts at Tondi Tennis Center in Tallinn which allows for 200 spectators.

Overtime victory over Lithuania makes Estonia Baltic basketball champions

28.07.20 ... The Estonian men's national basketball team defeated traditional basketball powerhouse Lithuania (92:85) and Latvia (84:67) over the weekend on their way to victory in the Baltic Chain Tournament, which marks 100 years of Estonian basketball.

Rally Estonia organizers unveil full course for September's event

27.07.20 ... Rally Estonia organizers have announced the route of the race, Estonia's first ever full World Rally Championship (WRC) stage. The three-day event will see a 232.64-kilometer course.

Court: Media access to Alaver's court case materials must be reassessed

25.07.20 ... The Tallinn Administrative Court acceded to complaints by Estonian public broadcaster ERR and media company AS Ekspress Meedia regarding a decision by the Harju County Court not to grant the companies access to the criminal case file relating to cross-country ski coach Mati Alaver who was convicted of a doping offense in November 2019.

Rally Estonia to renovate 26 kilometers of roads in South Estonia

24.07.20 ... 26 kilometers of southern Estonian roads will be upgraded by Rally Estonia for the event's speed tests later this year, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center Party) said on Wednesday.

Organizers of Rally Estonia promise to implement strict safety requirements

23.07.20 ... Rally Estonia is planning to hand out thousands of masks, isolate foreign competitors and follow strict safety requirements when the event takes place in Tartu in September to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Video: 40 years ago, the Olympic flame was lit in Pirita

20.07.20 ... On July 20, at 4.22 p.m., 40 years will have passed exactly from the moment when 17-year-old Estonian sailor Vaiko Vooremaa lit the fire of the XXII Olympic Games sailing regatta in Tallinn.

Tallinn to host international sailing regatta Tall Ships Races in 2021

18.07.20 ... Tallinn will host the world's largest fleet of sailing ships in the middle of next summer as it will serve as one of the hosting ports of international sail training regatta The Tall Ships Races 2021.

Two Estonians plan to 'conquer Everest' on Kiviõli Ash Heap

18.07.20 ... On August 1, Olle Rõuk and Rain Seepõld are planning to start their journey to become the first Estonians to 'everest' Kiviõli Ash Heap by foot. In order to achieve the 8,488 m of ascent meters, the men have to walk around 90 km.

Disciplinary proceedings initiated against Estonian NT goalkeeper

17.07.20 ... The Estonian Football Association (EJL) has initiated disciplinary proceedings against Sergei Lepmets, the first-choice goalkeeper of the Estonian men's national football team.

Table Tennis Association hopes to arrange Estonian-Finnish league

17.07.20 ... On Thursday, the board of the Estonian Table Tennis Association (ELTL) gave a green light to arrange a united women's table tennis league between Estonia and Finland.

Hyundai boss praises Tänak's cooperation and thoroughness

16.07.20 ... Andrea Adamo, director of Hyundai Motorsport, praised team drivers Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville for their cooperation and brought out the Estonian reigning world champion's contributions to the development of their World Rally Car Hyundai i20 Coupe.

Cagliari drops points against Sampdoria, goalless period continues

16.07.20 ... Serie A side Cagliari Calcio, home club of Estonian captain Ragnar Klavan, had to admit 3:0 defeat at Sampdoria on Wednesday. Cagliari has gained just two points in their last four matches, scoring no goals in that period.

Estonian-Latvian tennis tournament to be held in July in Tallinn

15.07.20 ... The Merko Cup, held in Tallinn at Tondi Tennis Centre on July 29-30, will see the best tennis players from Estonia and Latvia face off in both singles and doubles formats.

ERM to take on role of WRC Rally Estonia center in September

15.07.20 ... The Estonian National Museum (ERM) will become the center of WRC Rally Estonia on the first weekend of September, hosting the car park and opening and closing ceremonies of the competition. The museum itself will be closed for the period of WRC Rally Estonia.

President Kaljulaid sails in the Moonsund Regatta

15.07.20 ... Tuesday, the third day of the Moonsund Regatta (Muhu Väina regatt), saw 108 yachts with 700 sailors from Estonia, Latvia and Finland set sail from Pärnu. One of those sailors was Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.

16,000 spectator passes to be sold for WRC Rally Estonia in August

15.07.20 ... The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) will continue with Rally Estonia on the first weekend of September on the roads of Southern Estonia. Due to capacity restrictions, the number of spectators will be limited but according to preliminary information, a total of 20,000 people will get to spectate the event.

Triathlete Rait Ratasepp to run 20 marathons in 20 days

13.07.20 ... On Monday, Estonian ultramarathoner and triathlete Rait Ratasepp sets off on a challenge to finish 20 marathons in as many days. His goal is to finish all marathons in under three hours.

Vladimir Ivanov, Elena Malõgina crowned Estonian champions in tennis

13.07.20 ... Over the weekend, the final matches of the Estonian championships in tennis were played, with Vladimir Ivanov and Elena Malõgina taking home gold in the singles. The pair also won gold in the mixed doubles.

Klavan helps keep clean sheet, Cagliari winless in last four matches

13.07.20 ... Ragnar Klavan, captain of the Estonian men's national football team, helped keep his Serie A side Cagliari Calcio's goal untouched in Sunday's match against Lecce, but the struggling Cagliari was not able to score themselves. The team now sits at 11th and has not won once in their last four matches, scoring just one goal in that time.

Toyota to bring four drivers to Rally Estonia

10.07.20 ... Toyota Gazoo Racing will be bringing four cars to Rally Estonia, to be driven on southern Estonian roads in early September. Its lineup will, in addition to regular stars Sebastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanperä, also include Takamoto Katsuta.
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