Proposed Russian legislation could end Ovechkin's Olympic career

Tuesday April 7th, 2015

Proposed legislation in Russia could end the Olympic careers of several notable hockey players, according to an Associated Press report

Russia's parliament will consider barring Olympic athletes from competing in more than two Olympic games in an effort to more routinely open up spaces on Olympic teams to younger competitors, instead of giving them to "older, injury-prone athletes," the report said. 

Perhaps most notably, the bill would prevent two-time Russian Olympic hockey team members such as the Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin and the Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk from competing in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

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Lawmaker Yegor Anisimov, who introduced the legislation, is doing so in hopes of avoiding a situation like the one involving figure skater Evgeny Plushenko, who was scheduled to compete in his fourth Olympic games in 2014, but withdrew at the last minute with a back injury, the report said.

While there are few early indications of support for the bill, the legislation is unlikely to pass, SportsNet Canada reported Tuesday. 

- Will Green

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