Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin spoke about Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and delivered an anti-war message.
Sports news took a step back this week due to serious world news about Russia launching an invasion of Ukraine on Thursday.
Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is from Russia, and on Friday, spoke to the media, where he delivered an anti-war message.
“Please, no more wars,” said Ovechkin, h/t Samantha Pell of the Washington Post. “It doesn’t matter who joins the war – Russia, Ukraine, different countries. I think we’re living in a world where, like, we have to live in peace and a wonderful world.”
You can listen to Ovechkin’s full press conference in Capital’s tweet below:
Alex Ovechkin on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: ‘No More War’
Ovechkin, a native of Moscow, is a known supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who announced on Thursday that the country would invade Ukraine. The Capitals star says that Putin is his president, but he hopes that the situation will come to an end.
As noted in the video above provided by Washington’s official Twitter account, Ovechkin’s family is in Russia and said it was a “conundrum” when asked if they would stay there.
Initially, the media requested an interview with Ovechkin on Thursday, the day of the Capitals game against the New York Rangers. He finally spoke Friday after team practice ahead of Saturday’s competition with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Ovechkin is not the only Russian athlete to send an anti-war message. After winning his semi-final of the Dubai Championships, Russian professional tennis player Andrey Rublev wrote “no more war” on the television camera.
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