Russian hockey coach out after team's failure at Olympics

Russia ice hockey coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov is leaving his job after the home team's disappointing quarter-finals exit at the Sochi Olympics.

Zinetula Bilyaletdinov leaves team after disappointing exit in quarterfinals

Zinetula Bilyaletdinov was appointed to the head coach position with the Russian national team in June 2011 and led them to the world championship title the following year. (Johnathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia ice hockey coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov is leaving his job after the home team's disappointing quarter-finals exit at the Sochi Olympics.

The International Ice Hockey Federation says Russia is looking for a new coach before the world championship in May in Belarus.

The IIHF says Russian hockey federation officials agreed to Bilyaletdinov's departure after meeting with him on Wednesday.

Russia lost 3-1 to Finland to miss out on an Olympic medal which was among the nation's top priorities at the Sochi Games.

Bilyaletdinov was appointed in June 2011 and led the team to be world champions the following year.

As a player for the Soviet Union, he won gold at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and silver in 1980 at Lake Placid.

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