NEWS RELEASE: Thank you Ivan Provorov for standing against hockey’s radical agenda

MADISON, Wisc., January 19, 2023 /4 WINDS USA/ — Ivan Provorov, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman, refused to wear a gay pride jersey for gay pride night during the warm-ups. He says his Russian Orthodox religion prevents him from supporting the LGBTQ agenda. Also, hockey sticks were wrapped in gay pride tape.

Flyers coach John Tortorella came to his defense, saying Provorov is “being true to himself and to his religion. It’s one thing I respect about Provy: He’s always true to himself. That’s where we’re at with that.”

In 2003, 4 WINDS USA President Steve McConkey started fighting against the International Olympic Committee’s transgender policies. He was the only one who stood against this publicly. 4 WINDS USA is a worldwide sports ministry.

From there, the transgender movement spread to state high schools, the NCAA, NFL, NBA, and MLB. McConkey has fought this agenda every step of the way.

“Sports should be free from politics and radical agendas,” states McConkey. “Christians and freedom loving people should be grateful for people like Ivan. We need strong people who do not bow down to dictators wanting everyone to lockstep to their cause. My job standing up for athletes should be eliminated, however, we fight radical agendas sweeping sports.”

McConkey tried to sue the International Olympic Committee before the 2016 Olympics in Rio. He was concerned that intersex athletes (not transgender) would sweep the women’s 800 meters. That is exactly what happened as they had high untested testosterone levels.

After years of standing up, FINA, the International Swimming Federation, voted to ban transgenders from participating in women’s swimming.

4 WINDS USA (4 Winds Christian Athletics) is a worldwide sports ministry (4WindsUSA.com). Starting in world-class track and field ministries in 1981, Steve and Liz McConkey have worked through ten Olympics. In 2013, the ministry expanded to all sports. Steve graduated with honors from Western Kentucky University (Master of Public Health), Minnesota State University (BS-Community Health), and Webster High School (WI). They have lived in Bowling Green (Kentucky), Eugene (Oregon), Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas), Minneapolis-St. Paul (Minnesota), and Madison (Wisconsin). In recent years, the ministry has had many worldwide radio interviews and global articles, plus TV interviews.

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