Grigorenko: the situation with the prohibition of flag at the Olympics tempered Russian players before the world Cup

COPENHAGEN, may 5. / TASS /. The situation at the Olympic Games in 2018, related to the ban on Russian athletes to show the flag and national symbols, tempered hockey players of the Russian national team before the world Cup. The journalists said the striker of the team, Pyeongchang Olympic champion Mikhail Grigorenko.

The international Olympic Committee banned the Russian athletes during the Games in Phenchhane in the form of national symbols, as well as keeping the country flags. Athletes competed at the Games in 2018 in the status of the Olympic athletes from Russia under the flag of the IOC. Russian hockey players in overtime beat team Germany with the score 4: 3 in the final Games.

"At the Olympics, everything we had expectations, had more of a stress on the whole situation with the flag, okolonauchnyh Affairs. Now we, too, are high goals, but still mentally here are a few easier – said Grigorenko. – Now this is nothing – just go out and work hard, do their job. We can say that the Olympics made us stronger".

Grigorenko is a center forward, but in the first match of the tournament against the French (7: 0) played on the right. "At any position. Team of your partners – one of the strongest players in the country, so I’m not difficult to play on the left, the right, in the center. The last couple of years in the NHL I was played right"- he said.

In the next match the Russian team will play against Austria on 6 may.

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