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MOSCOW, May 12. /TASS/. Russia’s titled forward Alexander Radulov was excluded from the roster of the national team at the 2016 IIHF World Championship as he had not fully recovered from an earlier sustained injury, team’s assistant coach Harijs Vitolins said on Thursday.
"Medical examination results showed that Radulov still has an injury," Vitolins told journalists.
Radulov, 29, who is the two-time World Champion playing for the national team in 2008 and 2009, was initially included in the extended roster of the Russian squad. However, team’s Head Coach Oleg Znarok announced last week on the eve of the championship that Radulov’s place in team was in jeopardy as the forward suffered from a groin injury.
The matches of the 2016 IIHF World Championship are held in the Russian capital of Moscow and in the country’s second largest city of St. Petersburg between May 6 and 22. A total of 16 national teams, qualified to play in the 2016 IIHF World Championship, were divided into two groups. The 12,000-seat VTB Ice Palace in Moscow hosts the matches of Group A, which comprise the teams from Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Latvia, Norway, Denmark and Kazakhstan.
The 6,000-seat Yubileiny Arena hosts the matches of Group B teams, which are from Canada, Finland, the United States, Slovakia, Belarus, France, Germany and Hungary.
In the opening game the Russian hockey players lost to the Czech national team (0:3) and then beat the teams of Kazakhstan (6:4) and Latvia (4:0).