Volleyball is a huge sport in Russia with millions of dollars invested in teams and gold medal dreams for each Olympics. This year the Russian women were favorites in the tournament only to be knocked out of the quarterfinals to the eventual gold medalists of Brazil.
Following the disappointing finish, head coach Sergey Ovchinnikov returned to his position with Dynamo Moscow as they resumed training in Croatia. There, he reportedly hung himself in his fourth-floor hotel room.
Russian men’s coach Vladimir Alekno feels that the Olympics defeat weighed heavily on his counterpart: “He took the Olympics very personally. 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.”
Ovchinnikov was 43 and for now the police are ruling his death a suicide even though it seems super suspicious to this sports blogger.