Putin congratulates ice hockey team for Olympic victory

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PyeongChang, Feb 25 (IANS) Head Coach of Russias ‘neutral ice hockey team Oleg Znarok said on Sunday that President Vladimir Putin has congratulated him after the teams victorious final at the PyeongChang Olympic Games.

The closing day of the 2018 Winter Games saw the team of neutral athletes from Russia edging the team from Germany 4-3 in the overtime of the Olympic ice hockey match for the gold medal on Sunday, reports Tass news agency.

“After the match, Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin), (Prime Minister Dmitry) Medvedev and (Chief of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander) Zhukov called me up. It was very pleasant. They conveyed their congratulations,” Znarok said.

Znarok said the victorious final of the 2018 Olympic Games was the most important match of his life.

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The match for the ice hockey gold at the 10,000-seat capacity Gangneung Hockey Center was the first Olympic final in 20 years for the team from Russia, which lost the gold medal game to the Czech Republic at the 1998 Winter Games in Japan’s Nagano.

–IANS

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