Ilya Kovalchuk

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MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Fans support the national team of Russia on hockey will affect the team at the Olympic games in 2018. Such opinion to journalists was expressed by the Russian hockey player Ilya Kovalchuk.

Earlier, the international Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the Russian national team from performances at the Olympic games 2018. Russian hockey players will be able to play in the tournament only under the Olympic flag and in shape without Russian symbols.

“The most important thing in the stands is symbolism. Fans will depend a lot, and I’m sure they will support us,” said Kovalchuk.

According to Kovalchuk, the conversations on the situation of tolerance of the Russian sportsmen to the Olympic games will not subside until the start of the Olympic tournament. “There’ll be plenty of details on which we need to ignore”, he said.

The Olympic games will be held in South Korean Pyeongchang from 9 to 25 February 2018 .