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MOSCOW, may 7. /TASS/. The final decision on the participation of players in National hockey League (NHL) in the Olympic games in 2018 will be made by mid-July. This was stated by the President of the International ice hockey Federation Rene Fasel, quoted by the portal Insidethegames.biz.
Hockey player Panarin is not yet ready to make statements about his participation in the Olympics
The NHL previously announced that it will suspend regular season in February of 2018 at the Olympic hockey tournament. However, the calendar for next season has not yet been drawn up.
“The problem is that the NHL always invites a large number of guests,’ said Fazel. – Vancouver was from 600 to 800 people in Sochi – more than 400. In South Korea would be something similar, but Gangneung (the place which will host the hockey tournament approx. TASS) has no additional hotel rooms . We can resolve this issue before the end of June, the deadline is mid-July”.
Informed forward of “Washington” Alexander Ovechkin has confirmed his participation in the Olympics regardless of the decision of the League. “If Ovechkin wants to play in the Olympics and was in the National Olympic Committee, he has the right to be in Pyeongchang. There are some legal obstacles that we specify. Should be certain parameters, for example, issues of anti-doping,” added Fazel.
Olympic games 2018 will be held from 9 to 25 February.