Olympics-NHL decides against competing in Beijing due to COVID-19 -ESPN By Reuters

Olympics-NHL decides against competing in Beijing due to COVID-19 -ESPN By Reuters
Olympics-NHL decides against competing in Beijing due to COVID-19 -ESPN© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Ice Hockey – Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Test Event – Domestic Ice Hockey event – Wukesong Sports Centre, Beijing, China – November 8, 2021 General view of the match venue REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) -The National Hockey League will not send its players to compete in the men’s ice hockey tournament at the Beijing Winter Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns as the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads globally, ESPN reported on Tuesday.

The NHL agreed last September to pause its regular season so the world’s top players could compete in Beijing with the caveat it could withdraw if COVID-19 disruptions forced games to be rescheduled during the Olympics window.

That had begun looking increasingly likely in recent days with the NHL being forced to postpone 50 games…

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