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NHL Confirms Players Will Skip Beijing Olympics Over Covid Concerns, Anticipating 2026 Return To Games

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The National Hockey League has confirmed its players will not take part in the Beijing Olympics in February, but the league expects a return to the Games in 2026.Covid concerns have mounted significantly in recent weeks, and multiple media reports suggested on Tuesday that the NHL would likely pull the plug.

The angst level has been heightened by worries about the “Covid zero” strategy employed by Chinese officials in their fight against the virus.

That means a player who tests positive during the already two-week-plus trip would have to self-isolate and quarantine for two weeks, potentially turning an Olympics trip into more than a month-long proposition.The league has already had to postpone 50 games and has even played some in front of

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