Reports: Russia's coach dead at 43
The head coach of Russia's national women's volleyball team was found dead in a hotel room in Croatia on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
Multiple outlets report that Sergei Ovchinnikov, 43, was at a preseason training camp with his club Dynamo Moscow, while Croatia's 24sata news website reports that Ovchinnikov missed breakfast and the team's employees later discovered him hanging in his room on the hotel's fourth floor.
"This is so stupid," former Russian coach Vladimir Kuzyutkin told the Russian News Service. "He was my friend, my colleague. No one said a bad word about him. Yes, there was a blunder at the Olympics, well, to hell with it. I don't know why he couldn't cope with it."
The Russian women's volleyball team entered this year's Olympics as one of the favorites to win the gold medal but missed out on earning the bronze and finished fifth.
Vladimir Alekno, the head coach of Russia's national men's volleyball team, said that the women's team's failure in London had a negative impact on Ovchinnikov.
"He took the Olympics very personally," Alekno told RT.com. "I saw what he was going through and how upset he was after the defeat. He didn't talk much. Even after victories he was always thinking about something and smoked a lot."
Sovetsky Sport also reports that health problems, particularly strong headaches, could have been a factor in Ovchinnikov's possible suicide.
Ovchinnikov will be buried in the Russian city of Yaroslavl, where his wife and two children live, according to RT.com.