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Costa Rica Covid19 Restrictions Costa Rican Authorities Enforce Restrictions During Quarantine

(Photo: Archive) The week in Costa Rica closes with 314 positive cases of coronavirus, but it seems that there is a large part of the population that is still taking the situation lightly, turning a blind eye on what is currently happening in Costa Rica and the consequences of the virus in other countries. The streets still look very busy, not just with those people that are forced to leave ...

Kobe Bryant death Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

The sports world mourns the death of NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, age 41 who died in a helicopter crash that occurred the morning of this Sunday, January 26, 2020 in California, USA. According to the TMZ Sport, “Bryant was among at least four people traveling in his private helicopter over Calabasas when a fire broke out, sending the chopper spiraling from the sky”. Apparently, the crash saw no ...

Costa Rica Surf Tokyo Brisa Costa Rican Surfer Brisa Hennessy Wins WQS 5.000 in China

Costa Rican surfer Brisa Hennessy took the first place at the Women Qualifying Series (WQS) 5,000 Corona Open in China by defeating Vahine Fierro from France. This is the first time in the history of the country that a Costa Rican takes a WQS 5,00. With this win Brisa took the lead of the qualifying tour. The final was very close with a difference of just 0.14, Hennessy earned 12 points (5....

Costa Rica Surf Tournament Costa Rica Interested in Organizing 2020 World Surf Championship

Representatives of the Costa Rican Surf Federation, Randall Chaves and José Ureña, the Minister of Presidency, Victor Morales, the Minister of Sports, Hernán Solano and deputy Melvin Núñez, met today to discuss the interest of the government in organizing the International Surf Association (ISA) World Surfing Championship 2020. The Government is looking into the options for budget to organize t...

Costa Rica Surf Tokyo Brisa Costa Rican Surfer Brisa Hennessy Qualifies for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Costa Rican surfer Brisa Hennessy qualified this Sunday for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games , confirmed the National Olympic Committee. Hennessy, from Matapalo in Osa, Puntarenas, managed to qualify after ranking over Paige Hareb from New Zealand in the last WTC Championship Tour 2019 which took place in Maui, Hawaii this past weekend, she took one of the last two places on offer through the WSL. ...

Costa Rica Womens World Cup Costa Rica and Panama Could Host Women’s U20 Soccer World Cup

Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA, offered Costa Rica and Panama the possibility to organize the Women’s U-20 World Cup 2020. The proposal came during Infantino’s visit to the country this week, when he held different meetings with the directors of the soccer federation and checked the infrastructure existent in the country. “…We have spoken to President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, th...

Costa Rica Kenneth Tencio Tokyo 2020 Costa Rican Biker Kenneth Tencio Classifies to Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

Costa Rican biker Kenneth Tencio qualified this Saturday to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 even though he did not reach the final of the BMX Freestyle World Championship taking place in Chengdu, China. Tencio came out on Saturday taking risks as he usually does at the semifinal, his repertoire was edgy and he landed position 13. “I am happy to reach the Olympic Games, all efforts done this s...

Costa Rica Olympic Rowing Tortuguero Costa Rica Will Promote the Practice of Olympic Rowing

The area of Tortuguero in Limón is working on promoting the practice of Olympic rowing in Costa Rica with the idea of attracting more tourists interested in this sport while and forming athletes that can represent the country. Olympic rowing is not something new in the country, Costa Rica has participated with success in tournaments and it won silver medals in the Central American Games. Tortug...

Costa Rica Surf Surf Declared of Public Interest in Costa Rica

The government of Costa Rica declared Surf as a sport of public interest, under Law 9737, due to the importance of this sport for the economy and the tourism sector. The ceremony was held this Friday in Playa Hermosa, Jacó, Puntarenas, this was a historic event in the country since this is the first sport to receive this distinction. The third Saturday of October was also declared National Su...

Andrea Vargas Costa Rica Athlete Costa Rican Andrea Vargas Finishes 5th in Hurdles at IAAF World Athletic Championship

Andrea Vargas made history once again by becoming Costa Rica’s first ever finalist at a World Championships and setting a national record of 12.64 achieving fifth place. Vargas was up against three Jamaican runners, two Americans, a Nigerian and a native of Holland in a competition that took place at the Khalifa Stadium in Qatar. The Costa Rican athlete broke three national records in two da...

Costa Rica Soccer Team Coach Costa Rica National Soccer Team has New Head Coach

Costa Rican Ronal Gonzalez was elected as the new head coach of the male national soccer team, announced the Costa Rican Soccer Federation the evening of this Monday, September 30th. The executive committee decided on the 49-year-old Gonzalez, a former professional soccer player, he also directed the U20 national soccer team ten years back and managed to achieve a fourth position with the team...

Costa Rica Soccer Team Coach Costa Rica National Soccer Team Loses Its Head Coach

After less than one year of directing the Costa Rica national soccer team “La Sele”, head coach Gustavo Matosas announced his decision to leave the team. The announcement was made this Wednesday, September 4th and he will direct the team until September 10, directing Costa Rica in its friendly match against its equivalent of Uruguay scheduled for this Friday, September 6. Matosas, a native o...

Keylor Navas Costa Rica Costa Rican Goalie Keylor Navas Makes Deal with PSG

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas will be finally leaving Real Madrid after reaching a deal with París Saint Germain. Since May this year the fact that Navas was soon not going to be part of Los Blancos made headlines. Navas won three Champions League titles with the team, a Spanish League title, the Spanish Supercup, three UEFA Super Cups and was named the best goalkeeper of the 2027-2018 season. Yet, s...

Andrea Vargas Costa Rica Historic Win: Andrea Vargas Gets Gold For Costa Rica in 100 Meter Hurdles

Costa Rican athlete Andrea Vargas made her dream come true and made the country proud by winning the gold medal in the 100-meter hurdle competition at the Pan-American Games that are taking place in Lima, Perú. The 21-year-old, who has a 4 year-old daughter, and is a native of the city of Puriscal, trains daily under the direction of her mother. Vargas stopped the clock at 12.82, runner up w...

Costa RIca Surf Tournament Results of the Final Kolbi National Surf Tournament in Costa Rica

The 2019 Kolbi National Surf Circuit came to an end on Sunday at Playa Hermosa, Jacó, and it was veteran Noe Mar McGonagle who took the first place for the male event while Rubiana Brownwell was crowned in the female competition. Even though Jair Pérez had already taken the first place in the general table. McGonagle took the win in the final date of the circuit. Noe Mar was able to finally ge...

Costa Rica Hanna Gabriels Costa Rican World Champion Hanna Gabriels Will Defend Her Title July 17

Costa Rican World Champion, Hanna Gabriels, will defend her WBA Super Welterweight Championship on Wednesday, July 17 against Argentinian Abril Vidal at the National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. This is part of a three-part Broadway Boxing summer series promoted by DiBella Entertainment and tht will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass, the world’s leading digital subscription service for com...

Costa Rica Surf Leilani McGonagle and Brisa Hennessy Confirmed for Isa World Surfing Games 2019

Costa Rican surfers Leilani McGonagle and Brisa Hennessy confirmed their participation in the upcoming ISA World Surfing Games 2019. McGonagle currently sits in the ranking in position 26 in the second division while Hennessy holds the 8th place in the first division; the two athletes will be traveling to Japan next September. The participation of the Costa Ricans in the World Surfing Games pu...

Online sportsbooks in Costa Rica, online betting costa rica US Expat Living in Costa Rica to be Extradited for Online Sportsbooks

Seven Americans have been charged on a 39-count indictment for various crimes including money laundering, gambling promotion, conspiracy, and enterprise corruption. One of them – Robert Brieger – was operating out of Costa Rica and is waiting to be extradited back to the US. The seven people stand accused of taking bets on sporting events through wire rooms in both Astoria, Queens and Costa Rica. ...

Keylor Navas Real MAdrid Costa Rican Keylor Navas Out of Real Madrid

Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas would be out of Real Madrid, affirms Spanish website Jugones. Navas apparently received the official communication from head coach Zinedine Zidane. The Costa Rican will headline his last match as part of “Los Blancos” this Sunday, May 19 when Real Madrid faces Betis at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Keylor Navas will say goodbye to Real Madrid after havi...

Costa Rican Surfer Leilani McGonagle Wins the Krui Pro 2019 in Indonesia

Photo Credit: WSL / TIM HAIN Costa Rican surfer Leilani McGonagle took the first place of the Krui Pro 2019, WQS 1000 points in Indonesia. McGonagle got the win with a score of 14.84 (8.67 one of the highest scored waves in the competition and 6.17), beating Hawaiian contender Keala Tomoda who scored 13.76. "I am shaking right now!". "I know how good Keala has been surfing all week and I ...

Bryan Vasquez Costa Rican Bryan Vasquez Loses by Unanimous Decision to Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo

Costa Rican boxer Bryan “Tiquito” Vásquez loss via Unanimous decisión against Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo the evening of Saturday, April 20 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Vasquez vs. Verdejo match was part of the preliminary bouts to the event headlined by WBO world champion Terence Crawford and challenger Amir Kahn. 25-years-old Verdejo, took the win with scorecards 97-93 X 2 and ...

Costa Rica Surf National Tournament Leonardo Calvo and Rubiana Brownell Win Surfing Republica Cup in Guiones

The third date of the Kölbi National Surf Tournament received almost 300 participants this past weekend in Playa Guiones, Nosara, Guanacaste, in the Surfing Republica Cup. 21 year-old, Leo Calvo from Boca Barranca, Puntarenas, took the first place in the Open category, beating Ramón Taliani, Olman Morales and Sebastian Mora, all from Santa Teresa, Cóbano. Calvo has previously won in the U1...

Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica Ironman 5i50 Added to Ironman 70.3 in Costa Rica

Ironman 5i50 has been added to the Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica triathlon competition. Ironman 5i50 is an Olympic distance triathlon, 1.5 kilometer (0.9 miles) swim, 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) bike ride and 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) run. The Ironman 5i50 Costa Rica will be held the same day as the Ironman 70.3 and in the same location, June 24 at Playas del Coco, Carrillo, Guanacaste. This event ...

Costa Rica National Surf Circuit Gilbert Brown and Paulina Summers Take First Place at the Kolbi Surf National Circuit

The former four time National Champion, Gilbert Brown López took the win at the Marley Cup on the second stop of the Kolbi National Surf Circuit in Puerto Viejo, this past weekend and after five years since his last win. In the female division it was Paulina Summers, also a local of Puerto Viejo, who took the Open and Junior. Brown also took the Masters category, the 37-year-old managed to b...

Bryan Vasquez Costa Rica boxer Costa Rican Boxer Bryan Vasquez to Face Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo at Madison Square Gardens

Costa Rican boxer and former interim world champion Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez will return to the ring April 20 to face Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo. Although the announcement has not been officially made by the Costa Rican’s promoter Top Rank, the fight will apparently be signed as part of the preliminary fights to the event headlined by WBO world champion Terence Crawford who will defend his title...

Costa Rica Adaptive Surf First Adaptive Surf Tournament in Costa Rica Will Take Place in May

The first international tournament of adaptive surf in Costa Rica will take place May 29 which is the national day of the population with disabilities. The tournament will gather the best adaptive surfers of the country along with international guests that will be joining this first edition that will take place in Jacó Beach, in the Central Pacific. This event is organized by the Adaptive Su...

Costa Rica Sports Investment Government of Costa Rica Invests over $3.7 Million in Sports Organizations

The National Sports Council will invest $3,736,890 USD of its budget to give funds to 60 sports federations, associations and the National Olympic Committee (CON). The announcement was made by the Minister of Sports, Hernán Solano Venegas. More specifically, $3,244,113.00 are destined for the sports federations and associations and $492,776.00 for the National Olympic Committee. In the c...

Costa Rica Kenneth Tencio BMX Costa Rican Kenneth Tencio Places Third at BMX Freestyle “Simple Session Tallinn” in Estonia

Once again, Costa Rican biker Kenneth Tencio, made Costa Rica proud as he took the third place in the BMX Freestyle “Simple Session Tallinn” in Estonia this Sunday, February 3. “It is huge to get a place on the podium, it’s a feeling of satisfaction after all the hours of training, of success and failure, this tells me it was all worth the effort. One year ago was also third in this tournament ...

Costa Rica Hanna Gabriels Costa Rican World Champion Hanna Gabriel Signs with US Promoting Company DiBella Entertainment

Costa Rican World Champion Boxer Hanna Gabriels announced she has signed a three year contract with US promotion company DiBella Entertainment. Gabriels, who just a few days ago successfully defended her WBA World Female Super Welterweight title (154 lbs) against Aussie fighter Sarah Dwyer, currently holds a record of 19 wins 2 losses and 1 draw. “When you have the opportunity to sign a fighte...

Costa Rica vs USA Soccer Costa Rica National Soccer Team Will Meet USMNT in Friendly Match Saturday

The Costa Rica National Soccer Team will face the United States Male National Team on a friendly match scheduled for this Saturday, February 2, 2019 in California. This will be the first match for La Sele under the direction of new head coach Gustavo Matosas, who called on several new faces for the upcoming friendly games, Matosas affirmed he saw “speed and slyness” in the young players, chara...

Hanna Gabriels Costa Rican Hanna Gabriels Defeats Sarah Dwyer and Retains World Title

Costa Rican world champion, Hanna Gabriels faced Australian Sarah Dwyer on Saturday night in Managua, Nicaragua. Gabriels managed to obtain a unanimous decision win and therefore retained her WBA World Female Super Welterweight Title (154 lbs.) With this win the Costa Rican brings her record up to 19 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw, while the Australian, a former MMA fighter, adds another loss fo...

Kayak Fishing,Costa Rica, Panama VIDEO:US Expat in Costa Rica Lance Clinton Reflects on his Panama Kayak Fishing Tournament

During a conversation with my good buddy and fellow competitor Merv Low last night, he mentioned how I 'fished blind' because I don’t use any electronics. I jokingly replied "on the contrary Merv, it’s the lack of electronics that makes me fish with my eyes wide open". When you are fishing with no gps and no depth finder you are forced to use every bit of available data such as birds, visible l...

Costa Rica Surf News National Surf Tournament Kicks Off January 26 & 27 at Dominical Beach

Photo: Archive-Tomas King The Kölbi National Surf Tournament kicks off this January 26 and 27 at Dominical Beach with the Envision Festival Surf Cup Dominical 2019. Once again, the best surfers in Costa Rica will gather to surf one of the biggest waves in the country. Renown surfers such as Noe Mar McGonagle, and Tomas King, as well as Jair Pérez and Gilbert Brown are some of the figures th...

Costa Rica MLS Another Costa Rican Makes the MLS – Allan Cruz Signs with FC Cincinnati

Costa Rican Allan Cruz will be part of the MLS after signing with the F.C. Cincinnati. The 23-year-old midfielder travelled this week to the United States to sign his agreement with this soccer club. Cruz, who played in Costa Rica with Heredia and with the national soccer team will join also Costa Rican Kendall Waston who signed with Cincinnati back in December. According to preliminary info...

Kayak Fishing US Expat Lance Clinton Living in Costa Rica Takes 3rd Place in World Kayak Fishing Tournament

After five days of intense kayak fishing Jaco Beach resident Lance Clinton claimed 3rd place out of a field of 12 finalists selected worldwide to compete in the annual “winner-take-all” Los Buzos Panama International Kayak Fishing World Championship 2019. The 1st place winner – James McBeath of Canada -- took home $10,000. “The tournament was great. Caught some great fish and finished in third,...

5Dimes Tony Kidnap investigation 10 People Arrested in Relation to Costa Rican Kidnapping of US Expat 5Dimes Tony

The Judiciary Investigative Police (OIJ) carried out several searches in the early morning Friday, January 11, in Costa Rica and also in Spain with the assistance of the local authorities in that country. All searches were in relation to the kidnapping of William Sean Creighton (known as Tony), owner of 5Dimes sportsbook in Costa Rica who went missing on September 24, 2018. In total in Costa Ri...

Keylor Navas Costa Rica Costa Rican Goalie Keylor Navas Receives Award as the Best Ibero-American Athlete

Costa Rican goalie Keylor Navas was awarded the best Ibero-American Athlete trophy during the gala of the National Sports Awards. This prestigious award was handed to Keylor by the leader of the European country King Felipe of Spain. This is the second time Navas receives this recognition. Keylor Navas signed as goal keeper of Real Madrid in 2014 and recently signed for another season with t...

Costa Rica Hanna Gabriels Costa Rican World Champion Boxer Hanna Gabriels Ready to Defend Her Title

As The Costa Rica Star reported some time ago, Costa Rican Hanna is scheduled to defend her WBA World Female Super Welterweight Title (154 lbs.) on January 26th, but now, the site will be in Nicaragua, and not Costa Rica like it had been informed last year. Gabriels’ opponent will be Sarah Dwyer, a former MMA fighter, native of Australia who holds a record of 3 wins, 4, losses and 2 draws and i...

Keylor Navas Soccer Costa Rican Goalie Keylor Navas Signed Another Season With Real Madrid

Contrary to speculations in the press that raised from his limited participation in the main lineup of Real Madrid since Zidane’s exit as a trainer and the arrival of Thibaut Courtois, Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas renewed his contract with “Los Blancos” for another season. The contract ties Navas to Real Madrid through June 2021. Since the arrival of Santiago Solari as a head coach th...

American Expat in Costa Rica Lance Clinton Competes in Panama Kayak Fishing World Championship 2019

Jaco Beach resident and super kayaker Lance Clinton leaves New Year’s Day for Panama as one of 12 finalists selected worldwide to compete in the annual “winner-take-all” Los Buzos Panama Kayak Fishing World Championship 2019. Clinton, 49, a former stock broker from Seattle, was chosen by the event’s organizers as Costa Rica’s top kayak fisherman. He turned professional four years ago and is spo...