Was the death of the Russian national team coach linked to the team’s failure at the Olympics?
Earlier, the Russian News Service quoted the words of the ex-head coach of the Russia women's national team Vladimir Kuziutkin, who allegedly suggested that Ovchinnikov had committed suicide. In an interview with RIA Novosti, Kuziutkin said he had not commented on the death of his colleague to journalists. "You have to be an idiot to write such things", - Kuziutkin stressed.
Ovchinnikov, 43, died on August 29, in the Dynamo Moscow training camp in Croatia. Representatives of Russia’s Embassy in Zagreb stated that they did not possess information about the coach’s death.
According to Alekno, Ovchinnikov was deeply stressed after the Olympics. "He is not very talkative. Even after victories he was usually lost in thoughts, smoked too much", - Alekno said about his colleague.
Ovchinnikov worked as a chief coach of the Russian national team from October 2011. During the Olympic Games in London, Russian women won all five matches of the group stage and took first place in the group, but in the 1/4 finals they lost to the national team of Brazil, despite six matchballs they had at the end of the game. After this game, Ovchinnikov was subjected to severe criticism. Mass media hinted at the coach’s dismissal from his post.