Earlier, the IOC Executive Board banned Russia to compete at the Olympics under its own flag and anthem, thus allowing for the Olympics-2018 "pure" Russian athletes under a neutral flag.

The decision about the participation of Russia at the winter Olympics in Korea will take on 6 December, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the case that the Russian team will not go to the Olympics, the IIHF she can find a replacement. There is a variant in which the place of Russians is the tenth team rankings — now is the national team of Belarus.