A sensational turn may await us at the Beijing Olympics.
The National Hockey League (NHL) has already announced that it will release its best players in the world to this competition. But at the Winter Games, draconian laws will be in force, due to which Russian athletes may suffer.
NHL GOES TO BEIJING
The USSR national team won the Olympics eight times, but the world’s strongest hockey players from the NHL did not come to the competition, ignoring this tournament.
They started riding in 1998, and our team’s victories stopped. The Czechs (1998) and the Swedes (2006) won once each, the Canadians won three times (2002, 2010, 2014).
In 2018, the NHL refused to go to the Olympics in Korea, without agreeing on money with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). And then Russia took the “gold”, defeating the Germans in the hardest final match.
Now the NHL is going again, because the Chinese market is much better than the Korean market, and there you can make a great statement about yourself. In addition, the IIHF agreed to pay all insurance coverage for the hockey stars, including the chance of contracting coronavirus. If there is a massive pandemic in hockey circles and people lose their jobs, the insurance company will simply go broke. But sports officials are confident that the Chinese are not falsifying statistics, and they really have a minimum number of infected.
LAVROV’S HARD STATEMENT
In general, they are going. But the problem is different. In the United States, a law has been passed that if an athlete is suspected of using doping, then he can be arrested until all the circumstances are clarified and even a criminal case can be opened.
Can you imagine? Doping is such a thing … Some people use it deliberately, while others can get caught out of stupidity, for example, to buy some kind of supplement in a store and not look at the components. Or the manufacturer did not specify something. And there are times when athletes are simply substituted by others, adding some kind of doping infection to their food or drink.
And now imagine that this is happening in the United States or at a competition in which an American athlete participates. Competitors are simply taken and arrested. Cleverly invented, right?
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has already spoken out on this score: “The Americans are stealing those whom they suspect of something. This is happening all over the world. They are simply taken out to their territory illegally. I do not exclude that similar methods will be used to punish athletes who test positive for doping and whom the Americans consider a threat to their interests in international competitions. It is necessary to take a very serious look at the whole system of the fight against doping in sports. It is now, in fact, privatized by the West. “
OVECHKIN CAN BECOME A SACRED SHEEP
The theme was developed by the two-time Olympic champion, deputy Vyacheslav Fetisov: “It seems to me that this story should not work, because there are too many moments that are not connected with any logic. In the sports field, all such moments are regulated. Imagine that each country now makes such a decision. What’s going to happen? Are we going to have to close the sport?
This is a difficult story that will cause outrage not only in our country, but throughout the world, because athletes are famous people. Even if the person tests positive, proof will be required. In addition, there is an appeal, an arbitration court.
For example, Sasha Ovechkin will now go to the Olympic Games. He will eat something wrong or the doctor will give him the wrong thing, get a positive test. And what should the US do? Biden should arrest Sasha Ovechkin because he poses a threat? .. “
It may seem absurd, but in fact such a scenario is quite possible. Just imagine. The captain of “Washington” Ovechkin excited the North American public four years ago, when he declared: the NHL does not let us go to the Olympics. Don’t give a damn, I’ll go to Korea, despite all the prohibitions!
Then the hot Ovechkin was stopped only by the IIHF, saying that he would not allow the athlete to the Olympics. That is, international officials sided with the Americans. But now Ovi will go, and suppose Russia beats the USA in the final. What then?
It will be important for the Americans to discredit this victory. Doping is being poured on Ovechkin in the Olympic Village or already in the United States when he returns to Washington. This is announced to the whole world. The hockey player is arrested. A big scandal arises. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) under the guise of taking “gold” from Russia, transfers it to the Americans.
Do you think Ovechkin is already a cult player for Americans? But he is soon 36 years old, golden years behind. In addition, Alexander “threatens” the great record of Wayne Gretzky, who has scored the most goals in the NHL. After all, you can remove a competitor here too. Well, imagine that the main North American personal record in hockey will be owned by a Russian. Why is this needed?
Yes, I would very much like to avoid such a turn of events. To some, it will seem fantastic, but it cannot be ruled out. The Americans have pushed the world legislation for themselves and in their own interests can do whatever they want.
And we wish Russian athletes, in particular Alexander Ovechkin, to be extremely vigilant at the Olympics and after it, avoiding provocations and not getting into scandalous situations. The main thing is to take the “gold”, winning the final. Try to complete this Olympic quest to the end.
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