Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to keep five members of the Olympic team at his disposal for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Among them are two of the countrys most successful athletes, world champion Sochi 2016 medalist Andrey Makarov and five-time world champion Ilya Kovalchuk, who are both in their late 20s.
The four-person Olympic committee also picked up two more members for the 2020 Games in Tokyo, two of them coaches.
Makarov is Russia’s all-time leading scorer with 536 points in 878 games.
Kovalchuk is the former Olympic silver medalist who has won seven gold medals.
In a statement on the Kremlin website, Putin said that Kovalchuk, a former Soviet Union hockey player, and Makarov, a member of the Russian national hockey team, have agreed to stay with the Olympic committee for the Sochi games.
The team will meet on Monday in Puchomortovo.