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The captain of the national team of Russia on hockey Alexander Ovechkin will take part in the Olympics despite the fact that the NHL is not going to make a break in the championship. Forward “Washington” has stated that his decision remained in force
The NHL has the day before declared that will not make a break for the Olympics and, accordingly, players will not be able to compete at the Olympics in Korea. Ovechkin, who previously announced that he will travel to the Game anyway, said that his decision has not changed.
“I didn’t change his opinion. I’m still going to the Games,” said Ovechkin ESPN. The Russian striker has admitted that the NHL is bluffing, telling about refusal from participation in the Games in order to force the IOC and IIHF to soften its stance in negotiations.
In December, the owner of “capitals” Ted Leonsis announced that it will not interfere with the trip on Ovechkin’s Game and support the player . “If this issue is so important and he wants to go to the Olympics, he’ll have that opportunity,” said Leonsis.