Russian teams are aiming for medals in the upcoming championship. Women’s team will open the European Championship with the match against Hungary while the men’s team will play against Spain.
Leonid Milidi and Vladimir Kalashnikov are both coaching men’s team. “We won the best result, a silver medal, at World Games in Columbia, in 2013. And key players in our team are Roman Kalashnikov and Anton Zabolotskiy”, stated the officials of the Russian teams.
Roman Kalashnikov is one of the best beach handball players in the world. He is a multiple champion of the EHF Beach Handball Champion Cup with the Russian Ekaterindar Club, where he also is the captain of the team. Kalashnikov started playing beach handball in college, primarily thanks to his father Vladimir, who founded Ekaterindar Club in 2009. At the last European Championships, Kalashnikov was the fourth shooter with 105 points achieved.
In women’s team led by Vitaliy Volynchenko and Evgeniy Zotin, the most important players are Snezhana Mahneva and Ekaterina Barkalova.
We will see soon if Russian men’s team can improve the result, fifth place they won at the last European Championship in Lloret de Mar and how the women’s team will play.