Russian volleyball player Vadim Hamutskikh, world champion and three-time Olympic medalist with his national team, has died at the age of 52, the Russian Volleyball Federation (VFV) announced on Saturday. Hamutskikhwon the 1999 World Cup with Russia before winning three consecutive Olympic medals.
He won silver in Sydney in 2000 and bronze in Athens and Beijing. He led his club Belgorod to two European titles (2003, 2004), and he was the coach of that club. The well-known Russian sports daily Sport-express states that Hamutskih passed away suddenly and that this is a tragic event for Russian sports.
"According to unofficial information, the cause of death was heart problems. The official messages of the club and the Russian Volleyball Federation do not state the diagnosis of the deceased." "The former captain of the Russian national team and the favorite of the fans is survived by his wife and two daughters ", states Sport-express, adding that this is a great loss for Russian volleyball and sports in that country in general.
Hamutskikh is one in a series of active and former athletes recently who have had cardiovascular problems. The famous Dmitry Fomin shared his emotions after the death of his representative colleague.
"I knew him very well personally.
Too bad he passed away so early. Extremely unexpected death. Heart problems? To be honest, I don't know exactly what Vadim's health was like, "Fomin told Sport-express. "We were together in the national team, and the last time I saw him was a month ago.
He came to us with the youth team of Belgorod. We talked, we remembered the past. We rarely met because of the nature of work, but we talked on the phone. "I'm very sad that it happened," Fomin said. The whole of Russia is mourning.
Former President of Belgorod Gennady Shipulin also spoke. "Hamutskih was a very important man for Russian volleyball," Shipulin said. "He had a strong personality. A wonderful person and player. He did not spare himself, he played without compromise, until the end.
He always did his best. We grieve, we grieve, we cry. This is a very big loss ", concluded Shipulin. This is certainly a great loss for the volleyball world and one such legend will be remembered. It's really sad that he passed away this early. He achieved many successes in his volleyball career and will remain very sad after his death