Will players of the NHL, the North American professional ice hockey championship, compete in the Beijing 2022 Winter Games? Eight months before the event, the question is still unanswered. According to Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, it is even more and more doubtful. “We really ask ourselves whether it is reasonable or not to participate in these Games., he admitted earlier this week during a press conference on the sidelines of the Stanley Cup final. We are already past the point where we hoped this would be resolved ”. Gary Bettman explained: The NHL has planned to unveil its schedule for the 2021/2022 season before the organization of the next draft, scheduled for July 23, 2021. The schedule in question will reveal whether the league has planned or not. a truce to allow the selected players to join their national teams and participate in the Olympic tournament. Also according to Gary Bettman, the discussions were not stopped because the NHL had committed to make all possible efforts to participate in the Beijing 2022 Games during the extension of its collective agreement with the Players’ Association. But several issues are blocking the progress of negotiations, including that of insurance related to COVID-19. René Fasel, the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), is still optimistic. The Swiss leader explained to Associated Press that the NHL had two schedules for next season, one with an Olympic break and the other not.