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by George Malik on 09/03/07 at 09:20 AM ET
from Sport-Express (roug translation below),
We cannot understand [until now], where we are, what place we occupy in world hockey. Under salaries the Superleague takes the second place in the world, but the [national] team of Russia in the international ratings takes fifth-sixth [place]. Tretiak [doesn’t have] the most simple economy, in my opinion. In this superseries we objectively concede to Canadians on all parameters - in training, in tactical literacy, in character. The problem of these matches [should not] be [placed upon] on Nemchinov’s coach’s bridge.
Once again I shall repeat, it is necessary to change completely [our] approach to hockey [throughout our] country; differently big financial investments will be simply ineffective. It is not necessary to [reinvent the] bicycle. There is a North American approach [examined] by time. Analyze a situation. [Across the] ocean any team with a correctly built strategy of development is capable to take, say, for ten years’ term a place among leaders and to apply for the most prestigious trophies. It is a pure, business deprived of underlying political reasons.
If I may, I shall now say seditious thing, but our children’s sports schools should be separated from professional clubs. [The creation] of an institute of scouts is necessary, [so that] we shall not leave [anywhere] in such [a] situation from a draft. Only then we can count, that any talent will not be lost, an, [on] children’s teams, coaches will [stop] looking back at [the] children of rich parents, and will be engaged in [their] direct duties. I think, we should come to this sooner or later.
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