Myshkin Ready For Russian Challenge

22 December 2013

Anatoliy Myshkin is ready to get Russia back among the women's basketball elite after being installed into the national team hot-seat.

Having been a frontrunner for the position prior to it being unexpectedly handed to Lithuanian play-caller Alfredas Vainauskas at the start of the calendar year, Myshkin is finally going to get his opportunity to prove his worth.

And, after watching the former EuroBasket Women champions suffer a humiliating first round exit in France during the summer and subsequently missing out on their regular spot at the FIBA World Championship for Women, he has plenty of work to do.

He said, "First of all, I would like to say that I take up pleasure in the solving of the tasks in front of me.

"Recent results of the national team have been deplorable, but I am absolutely sure that this crisis is temporary and soon Russian basketball can afford to return to its' rightful place among the world's strongest teams.

"First of all, I think all who care about the results of the team need to work together to achieve a common goal.

"I am counting on the support of the managers and coaches of all Russian clubs, with the closest tournament task clear - we must break into EuroBasket Women 2015."

Russia must go through the qualification process next summer and have been handed a difficult route, with a difficult match-up against Sweden and a tricky couple of games against Netherlands.

Whilst Myshkin hasn't been at the helm of any team for five years since leaving Dynamo Kursk, the Russian Coaching Commission Chairman, Yevgeny Gomelsky is still delighted with the appointment.

"Our coaching tip a year ago was to offer Anatoliy Myshkin as head coach of the Russian women's team, but our opinion was not heeded," he explained.

"Now we are back to the candidate because we are convinced his skills and abilities can solve our women's teams' most serious problem.

"Myshkin has a name in the basketball world, has great experience and knows how to get our girls a taste of the big wins again."

Myshkin is though to have been second choice for the post, with EuroChallenge side Krasnye Krylia coach Sergey Bazarevich declining an initial approach.


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