A Russian First

John Robert Holden is the first black to play for a Russian National Team

The first black to play for a Russian National Team ‘ever’ was anounced this Tuesday:

U.S. born John Robert Holden of CSKA Moscow is on the list of Russia’s national basketball team. The Russian Basketball Federation finalized the extended list of 22 players Tuesday, the RBF Web site reports.

This might make Holden the first black sportsman ever to play for a Russian or Soviet team in any kind of sport. He received Russian citizenship last year and has never played for the U.S. combined team, so he is entitled to play for the Russian national side, NewsRu reports.

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