State Duma deputies propose to give Continental Hockey League right not to release players to national teams in Olympic Games similar to the NHL.
Bill develops Duma Committee on physical culture and sport. This idea the head of the Committee Mikhail Degtyarev explained in the national youth forum of the State Duma.
Mikhail Degtyarev: “The NHL will not allow hockey players to participate on the Olympic games, including our players, this is not good. How do you think we have our own Kontinental Hockey League, should have the right not to let and Americans and Canadians, and other players for the Olympic Games, have the same rights as National Hockey League? We are working on this Bill.
After voting on the forum Degtyarev, quoted by “Interfax”, noted that about three quarters of the participants supported this idea.
In early November, the head of the KHL Dmitry Chernyshenko said that the international Olympic Committee was not able to negotiate with the NHL on the participation of players this League in the Olympics in 2018, so the KHL is willing to give an appropriate response to the actions of the IOC and not to allow its players to Pyeongchang.
The NHL in April of this year, announced that it will not suspend regular season in February 2018 for the Olympics, adding that the question of individual players will be discussed separately. However, a month later, the NHL Commissioner announced the final decision of the League: none of the NHL players in South Korea will not go.
Russian hockey players Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Evgeny Malkin initially said that going to the Olympics, despite the restrictions. However, in September Ovechkin officially announced that it will not be able to play for the national team of Russia.
Original: В Госдуме поддержали идею не отпускать игроков КХЛ на Олимпиаду по аналогии с НХЛ