The National Hockey League (NHL) will not participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics due to an outbreak of the Omicron coronavirus strain.
A related announcement was made December 22 and has already caused a reaction.
The International Olympic Committee regrets the NHL's refusal to participate in the Olympics.
“Nevertheless, we still look forward to the performance in Beijing the best hockey players from other elite leagues around the world '', & mdash; said in a statement.
The organizing committee promised to make efforts to prevent an outbreak of coronavirus during the Olympics. The Tampa Bay Lightning Russian defender also reacted to the NHL announcement Mikhail Sergachev.
& quot; NHL & mdash; it is a corporation, big business. Their position is understandable too. They are losing money. And it is their right under the contract to make such a decision. Nothing can be said here & quot ;, & ndash; he noted.