Topic: London 2012 Summer Olympics
MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti)
Current and former NBA stars Andrei Kirilenko and Timofey Mozgov have been confirmed for Russia's Olympic basketball team after the Russian Basketball Federation announced its 12-man squad Monday.
Denver Nuggets center Mozgov and ex-Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko are joined by Simeon Antonov, Evgeni Voronov, Sergey Karasev, Alexander Kaun, Andrei Kirilenko, Timofey Mozgov, Sergei Monya, Anton Ponkrashov, Vitali Fridzon, Dmitri Khvostov, Victor Khryapa and new Minnesota Timberwolves signing Alexei Shved.
The squad is unchanged from the roster that qualified for the Olympics at a special tournament in Venezuela earlier this month.
In London, Russia has been drawn against Spain, Britain, Brazil, Australia and China in Group B.
The United States, which won gold in Beijing in 2008, are in Group A with Argentina, Lithuania, France, Tunisia and Nigeria.
Russia has never won an Olympic medal, finishing seventh in Sydney in 2000 and fifth in Beijing on the only two occasions where it has qualified.
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