IOC releases list of possible players for Olympic Athletes from Russia team

Ilya Kovalchuk. (Lehtikuva, Jussi Nukari/AP)

The International Olympic Committee has given the Russian Hockey Federation a list of 42 players from which to choose from for the Olympic Athletes from Russia hockey team.

Russia as a country has been banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics, but a team of Russians will compete in its place.

The RHF has the following players to choose from:

Sergei Andronov, Alexander Barabanov, Anton Burdasov, Vyacheslav Voynov, Vladislav Gavrikov, Nikita Gusev, Mikhail Grigorenko, Pavel Datsyuk, Vasily Demchenko, Artyom Zub, Andrei Zubarev, Sergei Kalinin, Kirill Kaprizov, Bogdan Kiselevich, Ilya Kovalchuk, Vasily Koshechkin, Ilya Kablukov, Evgeny Ketov, Pavel Kraskovsky, Yegor Korshkov, Roman Lyubimov, Ilya Lyubushkin, Alexei Marchenko, Sergei Mozyakin, Nikita Nesterov, Nikolai Prokhorkin, Yegor Rykov, Ilya Samsonov, Andrei Svetlakov, Ilya Sorokin, Viktor Tikhonov, Ivan Telegin, Vladimir Tkachyov, Nikita Tryamkin, Maxim Shalunov, Alexander Sharychenkov, Sergei Shirokov, Vadim Shipachyov, Sergei Shumakov, Igor Shestyorkin, Dinar Khafizullin, Yegor Yakovlev.

Five players did not receive an invitation from the IOC and will not be allowed to go to the Olympics. According to the RHF’s release, they are not guilty of breaching anti-doping rules, and the RHF is requesting from the IOC reasons for their exclusion.

Those five players are:

Anton Belov, Alexei Bereglazov, Mikhail Naumenkov, Valery Nichushkin and Sergei Plotnikov.

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