NHL May Reconsider Sending Players to Sochi Amid Terror Threat
According to AP, the NHL would reconsider sending its players to the Winter Olympics if "something significant" happens.
"As of now, we do not doubt that all necessary steps are being taken by the Sochi Organizing Committee, the Russian government and the IOC to ensure the safety of the athletes and guests in Sochi," Daly wrote Monday in an email to The Associated Press.
"Obviously, if something significant were to transpire between now and February 9 that causes us to question that conclusion, we will re-evaluate. I don’t expect that that will become necessary."
The announcement comes amid heightened security fears after two recent bombings in Volgograd, Russia, and a massive search by Russian security forces for three potential "black widow" suicide bombers.
The U.S. athletes have been cautioned to avoid wearing their uniforms around Sochi.
Bill Hemmer discussed the situation with House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), who emphasized that "the threat is real" from terror networks active in and around Chechnya.
McCaul expressed confidence in the robust security presence around Sochi, but noted that all it takes is one suicide bomber to slip through. He said that the greater threat is outside the "Ring of Steel," which is an area 60 miles long and 25 miles wide heavily fortified with Russian troops.
Hemmer asked whether the athletes and their families should go to Sochi, adding it may be seen as "bending" to terrorism if U.S. athletes stay home.
"We can't let the terrorists win. ... Unless there is a greater threat that comes out in the near future - we may see more bombings - we need to rally behind our Americans," said McCaul.
Watch the interview above.