War on terror to dominate Geneva talks — Syrian UN envoyWorld February 25, 23:48
Russian skier wins gold in skiathlon at 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski ChampionshipsSport February 25, 17:46
Top US Air Force general points to growing conflict potential in Syrian airspaceWorld February 25, 17:17
Iran relies on Russia’s support in production of fuel for nuclear power plantsBusiness & Economy February 25, 16:20
Ukrainian military capture Donetsk water purification plant — spokesmanWorld February 25, 15:05
Azerbaijan and Armenia report armed clashes in Karabakh conflict areaWorld February 25, 11:45
Head of Russian delegation to OSCE PA says Ukraine not ready for dialogueRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 25, 5:02
Russian baritone Hvorostovsky cancels concerts due to continuing treatmentSociety & Culture February 25, 3:22
Russian prime minister declares 3rd Winter World Military Games openMilitary & Defense February 24, 22:33
MOSCOW, January 31. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian female national ice hockey team has completed the first stage of pre-Olympic trainings and set off for Russia’s resort city of Sochi, where the 2014 Winter Games kick off next Friday, the country’s ice hockey governing body said on its website on Friday.
The website said the women’s team recently practiced at the Novogorsk training centre outside Moscow and also played three matches against male youth hockey clubs, wining all of them.
“We are now entering the level of more qualified work on the game-tactics organization,” the website quoted Head Coach Mikhail Chekanov as saying.
The team will continue its pre-Olympic training starting Saturday in Sochi and next Wednesday the Russian women are scheduled for a joint training session with the Japanese national team.
The Russian female Olympic ice hockey squad was placed in Group B with teams from Germany, Japan and Sweden, while the rival Group A consists of Canada, Finland, Switzerland and the United States.
The opening game for the Russian team, which finished in the 6th place at the 2010 Olympics in Canada’s Vancouver, is scheduled for February 9 against Germany. The German women’s ice hockey team skipped the previous Winter Olympics in Canada.