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$30k fine for ticket touts at Sochi

$30k fine for ticket touts at SochiSochi, Nov 14: Russia's lower house of parliament has given tentative approval to a bill that envisages fines up to $30,000 for ticket touts at the Sochi Olympics.

Russia is known to be plagued with resellers who scalp tickets to all major sporting and entertainment events outside the venues.

For the resale of tickets to Olympic events including the opening and closing ceremonies, individuals will be fined five to 10 times their value, while officials will have to pay at least $1,500 and legal entities up to $30,000.

Legal entities and individual entrepreneurs are also threatened with administrative suspension of all activity for 90 days.

The bill would additionally allow the federal government to regulate prices for entry tickets and hotel services in the Krasnodar region from September 2012 till July 2014.

The bill was passed in first reading Tuesday. It must pass a second and third reading before President Vladimir Putin can sign it into law. (IANS)


FA chairman Dyke compares FIFA boss Blatter to Korean dictator Kim Jong-un

Greg-DykeLondon, July 23 : The Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke has said that FIFA boss Sepp Blatter reminds him of something out of North Korea at times and compared the world football governing body's chairman to Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.  Read more »

Pakistan to play two football matches against India next month

Pakistan to play two football matches against India next monthKarachi, July 23 - Footballers from Pakistan and India will face each other in a two-match series next month in India.

According to the Express Tribune, the matches will be played on August 16 and August 21.  Read more »

South Africa contemplating extra pace option for second Test against Sri Lanka

South Africa contemplating extra pace option for second Test against Sri Lanka Colombo - South Africa, on the verge of a rare series win in Sri Lanka, are considering playing an extra fast bowler on the Singhalese  Read more »

Williamson suspended from bowling in international cricket

Kane-WilliamsonDubai, July 23 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of New Zealand off-spinner Kane Williamson to be illegal and, as such,  Read more »

Hamilton denies employing 'mind games' against Rosberg in race for F1 title

Lewis-HamiltonLondon, July 18 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he is not trying to employ mind games against his teammate Nico Rosberg as both battle for the Formula One championship.  Read more »

Red Bull F1 reserve Felix da Costa to race in Formula E

Antonio-Felix-da-CostaLeicestershire, UK: Amlin Aguri have announced that Red Bull Racing Formula 1 reserve driver, Antonio Felix da Costa, will join the team for the inaugural all-electric FIA Formula E Championship beginning in September.  Read more »