WTA : Hockey players Russians can come to Prague with the NHL. Private action, they have visas, it sounds like the government
San Jose general manager Mike Grier has previously said that the team will play in Prague with either Russian players or not at all. After the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine, the NHL did not limit the participation of Russian hockey players in the league.
Most sports federations, after the outbreak of war in Ukraine, banned Russian athletes from participating in their events. As individuals and with neutral status, cyclists can race and tennis players can play.
Next week, some Russian tennis players will perform in the Czech Republic at the WTA tournament in Ostrava.
Russian hockey players can participate in NHL games between San Jose and Nashville in Prague.
They have visas, Prime Minister Petr Fiala’s (ODS) adviser on security and foreign relations, Tomáš Pojar, told Seznam Zprávy.
The opening games of the new NHL season will be played at the O2 Arena on Friday, October 7 and a day later.
“This is a private event, they have visas, so from the point of view of the state there is no reason not to let them in.
National security is certainly not a threat to their presence. Not to mention that in addition to Schengen visas, they have long-term American work visas and live in the USA,” Pojar told Seznam Zprávy.
Former goalie Dominik Hašek tried to prevent the participation of Russian hockey players in NHL matches in Prague due to the war in Ukraine.
The Olympic champion from Nagano and two-time Stanley Cup winner turned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which in a letter called on the NHL management not to come to the Czech Republic.
Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky (Pirates) said on Monday that Russian hockey players should not get Schengen visas, but if they already have valid visas, they should be allowed into the country.
San Jose has forwards Alexander Barabanov, Yevgeny Svechnikov, Daniil Gushchin, Timur Ibragimov and defenseman Artemiy Knyazev in its squad.
So far, only Svechnikov and Gushchin have started in the preparation. In Nashville are goalie Yaroslav Askarov and forwards Yakov Trenin and Yegor Afanasyev.