This past winter, a number of Russian goalball players have switched goalball clubs in the country’s domestic competition. Anastasia Maximova moved from the Moscow region team to the Kaluga region team. Dmitry Zverev moved from the Kaluga region team to the Leningrad region team. Denis Egorov moved from the Moscow team to the Moscow region team.
Goalball Russia attributes the increased number of moves this spring to the growing strength of goalball in the country since 2011, when a lot of new players took up the sport. This has made the domestic competition more important, with teams trying to attract some of the best players in the country to play for them.
The Russia women’s national goalball team have qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics. The most recent IBSA Goalball World Rankings published in August of last year have the men at 23rd best in the world, while the women are ranked much higher at seventh in the world.