RUSSIAN WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY TRAINING DISRUPTED BY OFFICIALS

RUSSIAN WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY TRAINING DISRUPTED BY OFFICIALS

Russian female ice hockey players at the Winter Olympics came under scrutiny from World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) officers, who took 16 team members to doping control hours before a scheduled training session. The team is competing at the Games under the name ‘Olympic Athletes from Russia’ following the ban imposed on the country by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) amid the ongoing doping scandal. 
 
“The team had an exhausting journey to South Korea, our luggage was delayed, and we were late for an evening training session,” Aleksey Chistyakov, the head coach of the women’s hockey team, told Match TV on Monday.
 
“We were forced to conduct a short-handed practice, as more than half of the team was taken by the doping officers, and the girls were late for training. The players are motivated to achieve good results. We have spent the last two seasons preparing for the Olympics. Facing such a political situation amid the doping scandal we want to prove to everyone that we are a competitive and battle-ready squad,” he added.
 
The Olympic female ice hockey tournament begins on February 10, the day after the Opening ceremony in PyeongChang. The Russian squad will face off against Canada in their opening game on February 11.
 
Source: www.rt.com
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