NHL players will avoid 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing
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Public Hockey League (NHL) players won’t participate in the men’s ice hockey competition at the impending 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The NHL declared on Wednesday that it will quit due to the “ordinary season plan having been physically disturbed because of expanding COVID cases and a rising number of deferred games.”
The association is amidst a Covid-19 episode that has caused a respite in the season just as the delay of 50 games.
The Beijing Olympics are planned to happen from February 4-20 and the NHL matches will be rescheduled during the February 6-22 period.
On Monday, the NHL and NHLPA declared tasks would be stopped from Wednesday through Saturday on account of the episodes, with rehearses set to continue Sunday and games planned to continue December 27.
“The National Hockey League regards and respects the craving of NHL Players to address their nations and take part in a ‘best on best’ competition,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in an assertion.
“As needs be, we have held up as far as might be feasible to settle on this choice while investigating each accessible choice to empower our Players to take part in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
“Sadly, given the significant interruption to the NHL’s normal season plan brought about by ongoing COVID-related occasions – – 50 games as of now have been delayed through Dec. 23 – – Olympic support is presently not doable.
“We surely recognize and like the endeavors made by the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation and the Beijing Organizing Committee to have NHL Players however current conditions have made it unthinkable for us to continue notwithstanding everybody’s earnest attempts. We anticipate Olympic cooperation in 2026.
“Our concentration and objective have been and should stay to mindfully and securely finish the aggregate of the NHL ordinary season and Stanley Cup Playoffs on time.”
In September, the NHL and NHLPA concurred with the International Ice Hockey Federation that they can pull out from the Winter Games if Covid-19 conditions are considered “unfeasible or hazardous” for the players.
This will be the second back to back Winter Olympics that NHL players will miss as they didn’t contend at the 2018 PyeongChang Games.
Before 2018, NHL players showed up in five straight Winter Games (Nagano 1998, Salt Lake City 2002, Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014).