Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NHL to inspect 2018 facilities, participation still in doubt

The mascots for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics ''Soohorang'' and ''Bandabi'' (R) are seen during their launching ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, July 18, 2016.

National Hockey League (NHL) officials are visiting South Korea this week to inspect facilities for the Olympic Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang continuing uncertainty on the participation of the best players in the league at the Blackhawks Winter Classic Jersey Games.

organizers (Pyeongchang POCOG) published a route Tuesday detailing the visit of the group, which includes Lynn White, vice president of the Group of the NHL's international strategy, and Senior Director of Facilities Operations Dan Craig.

Sandra Monteiro and Matthew Schneider of "Association of NHL players, as well as representatives of the International Ice Hockey Federation, are also part of the group.

Officials will inspect the Hockey Centre Gangneung Kwandong and Hockey Centre on Wednesday.

A decision on the participation of players is expected before the end of this year.

The discussions on the participation of the players hit a roadblock last month after Deputy NHL commissioner Bill Daly said the chances of the league stop to allow players to compete at the Olympics in the middle of the season were "dim".

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said he is more willing to cover the insurance and travel expenses for NHL players, who have been widely estimated at about $ 10 million.

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