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NHL hockey players not to go to Beijing Olympic Games

Source : 112 Ukraine

The league announced its decision
18:27, 22 December 2021

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The players' union, together with the NHL leadership, decided not to send hockey players to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as the NHL reported.

“The National Hockey League respects and admires the desire of NHL Players to represent their countries and participate in a ‘best on best’ tournament. Accordingly, we have waited as long as possible to make this decision while exploring every available option to enable our Players to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games

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Unfortunately, given the profound disruption to the NHL’s regular-season schedule caused by recent COVID-related events -- 50 games already have been postponed through Dec. 23 -- Olympic participation is no longer feasible. We certainly acknowledge and appreciate the efforts made by the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation and the Beijing Organizing Committee to host NHL Players but current circumstances have made it impossible for us to proceed despite everyone’s best efforts. We look forward to Olympic participation in 2026,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said

As is known, the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing will take place in February 2020. Earlier, the US stated about the political boycott of the Olympics. Meanwhile, Thomas Bach, the Head of the International Olympic Committee commented on the U.S. political boycott of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

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