(Soviet Sports), a daily newspaper and organ of the Committee on Physical Culture and Sports of the USSR and the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions. Published in Moscow, Sovetskii sport is the first Soviet sports newspaper. It was founded in 1924 under the name Krasnyi sport (Red Sports) and received its present name in 1946; it was not published from 1928 to 1932.
Sovetskii sport propagandizes the policies of the CPSU in the development of physical culture and sports, deals with the sports programs of trade unions, the Komsomol, and physical culture organizations, and provides news on sports in the USSR and abroad and the activities of Soviet and international sports organizations. The newspaper also helps organize traditional international and all-Union competitions in various sports, including ice hockey, track and field, volleyball, swimming, and skiing.
With a circulation of 3.9 million (1975), Sovetskii sport has the largest circulation of all sports newspapers of the world and is distributed in 104 countries. It was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor in 1974.
Sovetskii sport has two weekly supplements: one on soccer and hockey, Futbol-khokkei (published since 1960), and one on chess and checkers, 64 (since 1968). The Sovetskii Sport Publishing House publishes the semimonthly newspaper Sport za rubezhom (Sports Abroad), a bulletin of the Sports Committee of the USSR.
N. S. KISELEV