President Vladimir Putin has thanked Russia’s ice hockey gold medalists for singing their national anthem during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics medal ceremony. The team did so in defiance of a ban imposed by the IOC.
Olympic Athletes from Russia defeated the Czech Republic 3-0 in the men’s hockey semifinals. The Russian squad has reached the finals for the first time in two decades, while Germany will play in its first ever final in hockey.
A possible version of Russia’s Olympic ice hockey jerseys has been published online, following the International Olympic Committee’s decision to bar Russian national symbols, its anthem and flag at the 2018 Winter Games.