Yeltsin Cup begins at Palace of Sports in Yekaterinburg
The event is held at the Palace of Sports in Yekaterinburg, where the first annual Yeltsin Cup was held in tandem with the opening of the venue, OblGazeta.ru reports.
The event was started by Nikolai Karpol, Boris Yeltsin and Eduard Rossel Ergartovich, who was the governor of the Sverdlovsk Region at the origin of the tournament.
Naina Yeltsin remains the "keeper of traditions" for the tournament.
For the first time in the history of the tournament, the Russian team will be led by a letter whose last name begins with a letter other than "K." This year's coach is Sergei Ovchinnikov. Previous coaches have included Karpol, Kaprara and Kuzyutkin, according to OblGazeta.ru.
The Yeltsin Cup is expected to be the first real test for the future Russian Olympic team, which will compete against such countries as Italy, Cuba, Poland and Brazil.
The Russian Olympic roster, however, is not completely set in stone. Ovchinnikov is expected to cut five people before the games in London.
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