No-show Kafelnikov among those left out

Updated: August 13, 2004, 11:04 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Several Russian tennis coaches failed to get accredited for the Olympics because their national federation failed to submit applications, a team official said Friday.

"Our Olympic committee satisfied all the needs of the Russian tennis federation. We gave them all the necessary documents and everything," said Leo Levsavin, a leader of Russia's delegation. "But the federation did not make the applications to the Athens organizers.

"It's a mystery. We don't know why. Maybe they have an interior problem," he said.

The Russian newspaper Sovietsky Sport's Web site cited Russian Tennis Federation head Shamil Tarpishchev as saying that four coaches were denied accreditation, including Olympic champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

However, Levsavin said "Yevgeny Kafelnikov did not wish to attend the Games. It was his decision."

Levsavin said the players would have adequate coaching, even though some of their coaches were missing.

"They have all the necessary ones," he said.

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