Russian volleyball legend Vadim Khamuttskikh dies

The former international Vadim Khamuttskikh, legend of Russian volleyball, passed away this Friday at the age of 52, reported this Saturday the Belgian club Belogorie, in which he played and was his coach for the last six seasons.

“Vadim had a cardiac arrest just before the arrival of the New Year. He is no longer with us. He was an extraordinary guy. We all loved him,” former Belogorie coach Guennnadi Shipulin told Russian official news agency RIA Nóvosti. He added that the funerals will take place next day 4 in the city of Belgorod, about 700 kilometers south of Moscow.

Khamuttskikh defended the colors of Russia in 237 official matches and won the World Cup with his team in 1999. The record of Khamuttskikh, a great passer, includes three Olympic medals: one silver, in Sydney’2000, and two bronzes: in Athens’2004 and Beijing’2008. He was a seven-time champion of Russia and was the first player to compete in national competitions with his nickname, “Borodá” (“Beard”), on the number. When he played for the Russian national team, he wore his first name, Vadim, on his shirt.

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