Ilya Kovalchuk has a rule for any followers wanting an Olympic selfie — put the Russian flag away.
The ahead for the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” hockey group is fearful about breaking Worldwide Olympic Committee sanctions imposed on Russia after its Sochi doping scandal. Athletes compete in impartial uniforms and need to signal a doc saying they will not protest the ruling that turned Group Russia into OAR.
“We cannot chase (followers) away” in the event that they’re carrying Russian flags, Kovalchuk stated Tuesday. “If there’s an IOC rule then we’ll speak to them, clarify it and take a photograph with out the flag.”
Within the stands, although, Russian followers could be as patriotic as they like.
They have been a loud and proud presence at occasions like hockey, biathlon and determine skating, wrapped in flags and chanting in Russian. Many say they need to gown as much as compensate for his or her athletes’ drab impartial uniforms.
The followers made the half-full Gangneung Hockey Middle ring with chants through the Russian hockey staff’s opening recreation towards Slovakia on Wednesday however have been left disillusioned in defeat.
A line of Russian ladies danced with pompoms, a Soviet flag flew and South Koreans lined up…