‘Olympic Athlete from Russia’ to be on uniforms; hockey jersey question

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MOSCOW (AP) — The IOC said Tuesday that the “Olympic Athlete from Russia” name will appear on Russian athletes’ uniforms.

The IOC is working on regulations likely to ensure Russia does not feature prominently in the design that includes neutral colors.

Athletes would be prevented from displaying Russian flags in competition venues, but that prohibition is unlikely to extend to fans in the stands.

Russia will send a delegation to Switzerland on Friday to discuss details, including the uniforms.

Also Wednesday, the Russian Hockey Federation — which accepts Russians competing as neutral athletes in Pyeongchang — looked set for a dispute with the IOC over uniforms.

Russians in Pyeongchang are required to compete in IOC-approved uniforms without Russian national colors or symbols.

However, the RHF believes it can still use its existing Nike-manufactured jerseys, which are red with a large Russian double-headed eagle emblem across the chest.

“There’s a discussion around the uniform,” said Roman Rotenberg, the federation’s senior vice president. “It’s been produced already and there are certain technical questions.”

Rotenberg predicted there was a “90 percent chance” the Russian hockey team could wear the red Nike uniforms when competing in Pyeongchang.

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Nike’s original 2018 Olympic hockey jersey design for Russia.