Tavares Not Worried Amid Security Concerns at Upcoming Olympics

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia rapidly approach, the concern over security at the event continues to grow.

Concerns have increased so much that some NHLers are not bring their families with them when they compete in the games next month. Henrik Sedin, whose family was not planning to make the trip to Sochi, told the Globe and Mail recently that he’d tell them to stay home if they were.

“I think if they had plans, I would for sure say I’d rather have them back home,” he said in the article.

The concerns over security come amid reports that Russian authorities are searching for potential suicide bombers, one of which may already be in Sochi. Earlier in the week a terrorist group released a video warning of an attack at the Winter Olympics if the games were not called off.

In December, two suicide Bombers claimed the lives of 34 people in the Russian City of Volgograd.

Despite the threats Islander captain, and first time Canadian Olympian, John Tavares is not overly concerned.

“I think you’re aware of it. Obviously there’s a lot going on,” Tavares said of the recent threats. “I’m bringing family over. I think there is a decent amount of guys from the Canadian team that are. I think their understanding is basically stay at their hotels and go to the hockey game. There’s really not much else to do.”

Security in Russia will be tight during the Olympics. 40,000 troops will patrol the area surrounding the Olympic venues and it is reported that $2 billion was spent on security. The NHL will also have it’s own security team in place during the games.

“I’ve been in constant contact with the Player’s Association. They’ve been working with the league and the IOC to make sure the security is at a very high level. I think people have also talked about you’re never really gunna see security at an Olympics quite like this one,” Tavares said.

The 23-year-old remains optimistic that with all the extra security in place, the Olympics will run smoothly and he can focus on winning gold for his country.

“You gotta put your trust and faith in that, and that the Russians are gunna do a great job,” Tavares said. “They’re hosting the world’s biggest event, so I think everything should be fine. I  just want to focus playing and trying to win a gold medal.”




8 comments
dimaio34
dimaio34

If Amac to bost I want Marchand in return I think hes worn out his welcome there

dimaio34
dimaio34

Gotta game today. I say 6-2 islanders I feel a big game today from the top line. A carry over from the Pitt game for the team in general. They are still battling for playoffs. And they play really good vs top teams di I'm looking forward to today.

dimaio34
dimaio34

Not really wanting Canada or USA to go. To risky. They are not as advanced as us. So I say no to going. I think there is a very nervous feeling. But in any case if they do go. We will just have to bring our prayers to the seat of a HOLY and RIGHTEOUS and LOVING GOD to protect and favor all the athletes at the games

camb33
camb33

I referred to terrorists as ba.st.ard.s ad I got moderated....seriously!?

puckznpadz
puckznpadz

Hopefully there are not incidents throughout the games.  Its the one time the world can actually get together peacefully and enjoy life.  I wish all the people attending safety and success.


On to an Islander topic...AMAC...I have heard several rumors that Boston is looking at acquiring him.  Specifically because the Isles do not look like they are going to step up and meet his 5 million dollar demand.  First let me say if I were Snow I would not and could not justify over paying AMac. he is 3 mill at best a year.


The other night he was on the ice for the at least of Pitts goals.  to be honest I think it was the first three.  Now that I have stated the obvious if the trade btwn the Isles and Boston happens what are can we get in return?  Draft picks??  Do we really need draft picks? in my eyes we need bodies that can play now...Not future players who may never make it in 5 years...


Thoughts on who were good get to help us from Boston.

jp
jp

Not a fan of security at Sochi, by any means. Too much to cover with way too many unknowns, wish NHLers would just not participate. Not worth the risk they are taking.

Mario Gazzaneo
Mario Gazzaneo

Stay safe JT, go USA. Damn I wish Kyle was on that team.

shlo
shlo

@dimaio34Hate to disagree. The threat of terrorism is all over. Can happen any place anytime. That's the idea behind terrorism-  fear 24/7. You have to go and play.

If you don't, you are defeated before you started.


I don't know what you mean when you say they are not as advanced as us, I can only guess. I can assure you that the Russians are ruthless when it comes to fighting terrorism and human rights is not exactly their strong point. So if anybody tries something and I am 100% sure they'll try, they will be dealt with without reading them their rights.

So you go, you stay alert and hope that the local security force does the job.