North American Hockey League (NHL) President Bateman said today that due to the disruption of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) epidemic, NHL players will not participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament in February next year.
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Agence France-Presse reported that the NHL announced today that it is suspending competitions after 50 games were postponed because of the COVID-19 infection of many team members. On the occasion of the Olympics.
Gary Bettman said in a statement today that the NHL respects and appreciates players’ desire to represent their country and participate in “sports’ highest hall events.”
Therefore, the NHL has been waiting as long as possible to make this decision, while studying every possible option to allow NHL players to participate in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, he said.
Unfortunately, due to recent events related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the NHL’s regular schedule has been severely disrupted, with 50 games postponed, and participation in the Olympics is no longer a viable option, Bateman said.