NOVOGORSK /Moscow region/, October 8. /Offset. TASS Ilya Erofeev/. Women’s team of Russia on hockey hopes to compete at the Olympic games 2018 in Pyeongchang and win medals. TASS said the defender of the national team and Moscow “Tornado” Nina Pirogova.
The Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang from 9 to 25 February 2018. 28 national anti-doping organizations are encouraged to suspend the Russian team from the Olympics-2018 due to doping scandals. The head of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) Craig reedy stated that it largely disagrees with the call, noting that the Agency “look back, instead look ahead.”
“Talk of a possible suspension coming, but we do not think, continue to work. We only work to win and go to the Olympics only medals. My goal is to get into the Olympic team and win a medal, despite the fact that the Games in 2018 are very strong teams: Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Japan, USA and Canada”, – said 18-year-old Pirogov .
Sunday in Novogorsk Russian national team in a friendly match defeated the team of Japan with a score of 4:1. On 11 October the Russian hockey players will travel to the USA, where will take part in exhibition matches against women’s clubs of the National hockey League (NHL).
“Last year we played with clubs, this is a good practice, we learn the women’s teams of USA and Canada also play. I think these games are a big plus. “Boston pride” is the most difficult team and difficult to play, the rest of the NHL we could handle,” said Pirogov.
In the female championship of Russia are seven of clubs. “In the female NHL players train only twice a week with the team, and the rest of the time as professionals must prepare themselves. With this approach you can’t approach the games more focused, and in the championship of Russia you are always working with the team and this is a plus. About the possible expansion of the championship of Russia speak for a long time, said after the bronze at the youth world championship (players up to 18 years), we are still waiting,” said Pirogov.
“I hope I never have to fight”
Club “Tornado”, which is the athlete, was founded in 2003 and since then does not fall below second place. Pirogov believes that it is wrong to talk about weak competition in the national championship. “Every year the level of the teams is aligned, it becomes hard to play, and often win in one or two goals, and losses happen, but in the end we pull out and become Champions. I hope this year will be Champions,” said she.
At the youth world Cup – 2017 (under 18) in a quarterfinal game with the Czech, Pirogov had a fight on the ice with rivals, for which he was removed. The athlete said that quietly refers to the episode and hoped not to fight on the ice. “I hope we won’t have to fight, the situation was spontaneous. Start to protect our goalkeeper on the emotions, calm attitude and has forgotten”, – concluded the interlocutor of the TASS.