Russian captain Svetlana Abrosimova is surprisingly left out of coach Boris Sokolovsky’s list of 20 players as he prepares for the Olympic Games in London, England.
While not confirmed, Sokolovsky apparently didn’t include Abrosimova due to lack of playing time with her club UMMC Ekaterinburg despite including Marina Karpunina who hasn’t played competitive basketball for two years and Ilona Korstin, who has the same role coming off the bench with Spanish side Perfumerias.
American-born Becky Hammon will join the team in mid-July, leaving her with two or possibly even a week to train with the team before travelling to London.
Marina Karpunina and Liudmila Sapova have been named as the two reserves in case of injury. Ekaterina Ruzanova, Abrosimova and Anastasia Logunova were the first cuts from the original 25-women list.
Russia Squad:Elena Danilochkina (Nadezha) Katerina Keyru (Chevakata) Becky Hammon (Sparta&K) Tatiana Popova (Dynamo Moscow) Natalia Zhedik (Nadezha) Ilona Korstin (Perfumerias) Evgenia Belyakova (Sparta&K) Olga Arteshina (UMMC) Maria Cherepanova (Chevakata) Anastasia Shilova (Dyanamo-GUVD) Irina Sokolovskaya (Dynamo Moscow) Natalia Vodopyanova (Dynamo Kursk) Marina Kuzina (Sparta&K) Tatiana Vidmer (UMMC) Natalia Myasoedova (Dynamo-GUVD) Anna Petrakova (Dynamo Kursk) Natalia Vieru (Good Angels Kosice) Nadezhda Grishaeva (Arras) Ekaterina Lisina (Dynamo Kursk) Irina Osipova (Sparta&K)