Alexander Ovechkin named tenth 2018 World Cup Ambassador

Famous people, connected with the 2018 World Cup host cities can be chosen to become Ambassadors.
Share 29 November 2016
The famous Russian hockey player, three-time world champion, captain of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin was named tenth 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Ambassador, according to his Instagram page.

Famous people, connected with the 2018 World Cup host cities can be chosen to become Ambassadors. These people must become part of a team preparing the country for the World Cup, must promote sports and a healthy lifestyle, form a positive image of Russia and the 2018 World Cup host cities, participate in official events.

General director of the Russia-2018 Organising Committee for the World Cup Alexei Sorokin posted a picture of the famous athlete on his Twitter page holding a 2018 World Cup Ambassador certificate.

Washington drafted Ovechkin their number one pick in 2014 and he plays for Capitals since 2015. During the first season he won the Calder Trophy – a prize awarded to the best newcomer.

The Russian striker became NHL’s best sniper six times, which is the League’s record. Ovechkin participated in six NHL All-Star Games and in 2009 he was included in the list of top ten players of the decade.

In 2015, he became Russia’s first hockey player who scored 500 NHL goals. He also became world champion three times while part of the Russian national team (2018, 2012, 2014).

Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Belogolovtsev, Nikolai Drozdov, Denis Matsuev, Sergei Semak, Nikita Simonyan, Alexei Smertin, Laysan Utiasheva, Yana Churikova are also Ambassadors.