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Teams decide to continue Estonian basketball season virtually

09.04.20 ... The emergency situation declared due to the coronavirus outbreak put an abrupt end to the local basketball season, but clubs are able to take part in a basketball e-sports league from April 22.

EOK president: State should provide support to private sports facilities

09.04.20 ... President of the Estonian Olympic Committee (EOK) Urmas Sõõrumaa has proposed to the state to support private sports facilities in a time of crisis.

Ski doping scandal: Veerpalu and Tammjärv used growth hormone

08.04.20 ... Estonian skiers Andreas Veerpalu and Karel Tammjärv, who were banned from international competitions after using blood doping, also used growth hormone for doping purposes, brief summaries of the International Ski Federation (FIS) cases reveal. Former ski coach Mati Alaver has accepted all the charges against him.

EOK president to be elected a month after emergency situation ends

07.04.20 ... The executive committee of the Estonian Olympic Committee (EOK) decided at its virtual meeting on Monday that the plenary meeting, at which the committee's governing bodies will be elected, shall be convened on the fourth Monday after the emergency situation has ended.

Tänak in the running for WRC's 'greatest driver of all time'

06.04.20 ... The Word Rally Championship (WRC) has launched an online search to crown the greatest WRC driver of all time. Rally fans can have their say by voting in the step-by-step daily contest.

Crisis major blow for Estonian tennis centers

06.04.20 ... As with other athletes and people from many walks of life, the current situation has hit tennis hard, Secretary General of the Estonian Tennis Association Allar Hint told ERR.

Estonian sports to receive €3 million aid package from state

03.04.20 ... The supplementary budget presented to the Riigikogu by the coalition government on Thursday includes a €3 million aid package to Estonian sports.

Culture minister wants ERR to take over Olympics broadcasts

02.04.20 ... Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) said on Thursday that he would support returning broadcasting rights of the Olympics to Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR).

Estonian marathon runner arrested in Kenya for breaking coronavirus rules

31.03.20 ... Estonian long-distance runner Roman Fosti announced on social media that he was arrested in Kenya for running in a group and had to spend seven hours in police custody.

No change in Olympic funding for Estonian athletes

31.03.20 ... The International Olympic Committee has earmarked the date of July 23, 2021, for the Tokyo Olympics to begin after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Estonian Olympic Committee now expects information on any changes to the qualifying process.

World champion Tänak enjoying unexpected free time at home

30.03.20 ... In spite of the difficult situation, reigning world rally champion Ott Tänak is enjoying a long period together with his family.

Estonian Anti-Doping: Athletes remain subject to testing during pandemic

30.03.20 ... The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has assured that it would continue to test "where possible" while remaining in line with protocols set out by governmental and health organisations amid a coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the global sporting calendar.

Top Estonian basketball team releases all players, facing disbandment

28.03.20 ... BC Kalev/Cramo basketball team, who have reigned supreme in Estonia for a decade, have terminated all contracts with its players and are facing an uncertain future.

Estonian NT footballer contract terminated because of coronavirus

26.03.20 ... Estonian national football team striker Henri Anier's contract with Go Ahead Eagles has been terminated due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

Olympic delay could prove to be costly for Estonian OC

26.03.20 ... The Tokyo Olympics were postponed on Tuesday to 2021, the first such delay in the Games' 124-year modern history. The delay entails additional expenses for all parties, including the Estonian Olympic Committee.

No WRC events for reigning champion Ott Tänak until middle of July

26.03.20 ... As a result of the continued global spread of the coronavirus, the next two rounds of the World Rally Championship – Rally Portugal and Rally Italy – have been postponed.

Tokyo Olympics to be postponed to 2021

24.03.20 ... The International Olympic Committee and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have concluded the Tokyo 2020 Olympics must be postponed, and held no later than the summer of 2021, the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organisers said on Tuesday.

Milan-based Estonian European champion fencer not afraid of coronavirus

24.03.20 ... Two-time epee fencing European champion Erika Kirpu is not afraid of the novel coronavirus despite living in Northern Italy, the flash point of the pandemic.

No Estonian basketball champion declared for the first time since 1942

23.03.20 ... Due to the emergency situation caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the Estonian Basketball Association has decided to cancel all national championships. The association will not name a champion this year for the first time since 1942.

Margus Hunt and Indianapolis Colts part company

16.03.20 ... Margus Hunt is to leave the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, ERR's sports portal reports.

Tänak, Järveoja finish 2nd at shortened Rally Mexico

15.03.20 ... Estonian rally driver Ott Tänak and co-pilot Martin Järveoja, racing for Hyundai, finished the prematurely ended Rally Mexico in second place, 27.8 seconds behind winner Sebastien Ogier (Toyota).

Tänak in fourth heading into day three of Rally Mexico

14.03.20 ... Estonian rally driver Ott Tänak and co-driver Martin Järveoja, racing for Hyundai, ended their first full day of Rally Mexico in fourth place, 33.4 seconds behind leader Sebastien Ogier (Toyota).

Tänak in third place going into Rally Mexico day two

13.03.20 ... Rally Mexico, the third race in the 2020 WRC championship, is underway, with Ott Tänak currently in third place after two short stages Thursday.

Ilya Antonov's home club wins Armenian football cup semi-finals

12.03.20 ... Estonian national team footballer Ilya Antonov's home club, Ararat-Armenia, defeated rivals Gandzasar in the semi-finals of that country's national football tournament, 1:0, ERR's sports portal reports.

Daisy Kudre wins bronze at European Ski Orienteering Championships

12.03.20 ... Estonian Daisy Kudre won bronze on Wednesday in the sprint distance at the European Ski Orienteering Championships currently underway in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

World Checkers Championship returning to Tallinn in 2021

10.03.20 ... For the second time, the Estonian Draughts Federation was granted rights by the World Draughts Federation (FMJD) to organize the World Checkers/Draughts Championship in Tallinn. The next World Checkers Championship will take place in Tallinn from March 13-31.

Estonia 16th in world cup stage biathlon relay race

09.03.20 ... The Biathlon World Cup stage at Novo Mesto, the Czech Republic, continued on Saturday, March 7 with the relay race stage. The Estonian team remained high up in the competition until the round of the third relay, finishing 16th. The Norwegian team earned their fourth win this season.

Regina Oja 28th in Czech Republic Biathlon world cup stage

09.03.20 ... Estonian skier Regina Oja finished 28th in the Biathlon World Cup stage in Nove Mesto, the Czech Republic at the weekend. Norwegian Tirill Eckhoff won the mass start race for the second time, with a time of 30:00,8.

Gallery: Estonian fourth in junior figure skating championships in Tallinn

05.03.20 ... The Junior Figure Skating World Championships started in Tallinn on Wednesday, with Aleksandr Selevko of Estonia finished fourth with 80.87 points

Jüri Ratas: I'm working behind the scenes to make Rally Estonia happen

05.03.20 ... Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said on Vikerraadio's "Stuudios on peaminister" program that he is working toward Rally Estonia taking place.

Hyundai and Ford had planned to enter Rally Estonia before cancellation

04.03.20 ... The recent cancellation of Rally Estonia has caused at least two World Rally Championship (WRC) teams to change their plans, ERR's sports portal reports.

Estonia in UEFA Nations League draw Tuesday evening

03.03.20 ... The draw for the football UEFA Nations League competition takes place this evening, with the Estonian team in the pot.

Top Jamaican sprinter gives two-day workshop for Estonian athletes

03.03.20 ... Top former sprinter Kerron Stewart (Jamaica) was in Estonia recently, holding a two-day training session ETV current affairs show "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported Monday night.

Estonia comes sixth in mixed biathlon relay race in Minsk

29.02.20 ... The Estonian team came sixth in the mixed biathlon relay at the European Open biathlon championships in Minsk, Belarus, ERR's sports portal reports.

Blog: Estonia shooting itself in the foot over canceled WRC-promoting rally

28.02.20 ... Recent news that Rally Estonia, a promotional event for the World Rally Championship series which last year attracted some major names including Estonia's own Ott Tänak, is to be scrapped for 2020 may have come as a shock to many, but the signs were already there a few days before, according to an article on United States-based rally blog and driving school website Dirtfish. There are also some hopeful signs that a rapprochement between the rally's organizers and Estonia's governing motorsports body might unfold, which would be just as well, since Estonia has not done itself any favors so far with the move.

Potential future full WRC calendar Rally Estonia canceled for 2020

26.02.20 ... Rally Estonia will not take place in 2020, organizers announced on Wednesday, citing organizational issues and a conflicting outlook with Estonia's motorsport governing body, according to Baltic News Service.

Anett Kontaveit out of Doha tournament

26.02.20 ... Anett Kontaveit is out of the WTA Qatar Ladies Open in Doha, after losing to Alyna Sabarenka of Belarus in three sets, 5:7, 6:2, 5:7.

Toyota team boss: I forgave Tänak long ago

25.02.20 ... Finnish rally legend and current Toyota boss Tommi Mäkinen says that he let bygones be bygones long ago, regarding Ott Tänak's decision to quit the WRC team – the team he clinched the world title with – at the end of last season.

Kontaveit through to Qatar second round

25.02.20 ... Anett Kontaveit beat Anastasia Sevastova of Latvia in straight sets in the Qatar Ladies Open in Doha on Monday afternoon.

Anett Kontaveit in action at Doha tournament

24.02.20 ... Top Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit faces off against Anastasia Sevastova of Latvia on Estonian Independence Day, at the Qatar Open in Doha, ERR's online sports portal reports.

Anett Kontaveit out of Dubai tournament

21.02.20 ... Anett Kontaveit was knocked out of the Dubai WTA tennis tournament on Thursday evening, losing in two sets 6:7 (4:7), 1:6 to Petra Martic of Croatia, ERR's sports portal reports.

Anett Kontaveit through to Dubai quarter finals

20.02.20 ... Anett Kontaveit is through to the quarter finals of the WTA Dubai tennis tournament after overcoming Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Ukraine in two, closely-fought sets, 7:6 (5), 7:5. Kontaveit rescued the second set from the brink of defeat to go on to win.

Pevkur to leave politics if made European volleyball league president

19.02.20 ... The former leader of the Reform party Hanno Pevkur, who has previously held several ministerial positions, will leave politics if he is elected as the new president of the European Volleyball League (CEV).

Anett Kontaveit breezes through to Dubai second round

19.02.20 ... Anett Kontaveit is through to the second round of the WTA Dubai tennis tournament after beating Sorana Cirstea of Romania in straight sets, 6:1, 6:3.

Anett Kontaveit in WTA Dubai tournament first round clash

18.02.20 ... Anett Kontaveit is in action in round one of the WTA tournament in Dubai Tuesday evening, against Sorana Cirstea of Romania, ERR's sports portal reports.

New law combats sports doping, codifies sporting grants and scholarships

18.02.20 ... Under the new law, a sporting scholarship can be tax-exempt to a level up to 12 times the minimum monthly wage per calendar year. While tax-free scholarships had already been paid to athletes, these did not include social taxes and the resulting guarantees.

Kontaveit and Kanepi both drop two places in WTA rankings

17.02.20 ... Estonia's top two women's tennis players, Anett Kontaveit and Kaia Kanepi, both fell two places in the latest Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings.

Tänak finishes Rally Sweden in second place

16.02.20 ... The victory of Rally Sweden that only covered half the initial distance due to poor weather conditions went to Elfyn Evans (Toyota) with Ott Tänak (Hyundai) losing 12.7 seconds after the power stage held on Sunday.

Tänak second after Rally Sweden day two

15.02.20 ... Ott Tänak finished second after the first full day of competition at Rally Sweden, according to ERR's sports portal.

Tänak fifth in Rally Sweden initial stage

14.02.20 ... Rally Sweden, the second stage of the 2020 WRC championship, runs this weekend on a shortened circuit, required due to a lack of snow.
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