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MOSCOW, February 4. /TASS/. The Executive Committee of the Handball Federation of Russia (HFR) accepted on Wednesday Oleg Kuleshov’s letter of resignation from the post of the head coach of the Russian national handball team.
"They have accepted it unanimously," Kuleshov, who had been the national team’s head coach since 2012, told TASS. "I have a report to deliver at the (Russian) Sports Ministry on February 17."
Asked about his plans after the resignation, Kuleshov said "I have not thought about the future at all."
Kuleshov, 40, played a total of 123 international matches for the Russian national team before assuming the post of the team’s head coach. As a player of the Russian national handball squad, he won the titles of the 1996 European Champion, 1997 World Champion and also hold the bronze medal of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.
The Russian national team displayed a poor performance at the 2015 Handball World Championship, held in Qatar between January 15 and February 1, having finished in the 19th place and losing a spot in the qualifiers for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.
The winner of the championship, which was France, secured the spot in the next year’s Olympics. National teams, which finished the tournament in Qatar between the second and eighth places, will continue playing in the qualifiers for the Games.
Russia’s only chance to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics is to win the 2016 European Handball Championship next January in Poland.