Connor McDavid wants to play at the Olympics, but finds China’s quarantine measures “disturbing”

Did Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby finally play together on hockey’s biggest stage?

Not too fast.

The NHL’s participation at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is still in full swing, even though Tuesday is just 52 days away from the Games’ date, Feb. 4.

Last week, the International Olympic Committee announced that under Chinese law, athletes at the Olympics who test positive for COVID-19 could be quarantined for up to five weeks.

The NHL Players Association is waiting for the IOC to officially update the 2022 Olympic Playbook with all guidelines and measures related to the pandemic, testing and possible isolation before surveying the players on the shortlist of the NHL. each country on whether or not to participate.

McDavid will be one of the faces at this year’s tournament if the NHL players come to Beijing, as it will be his first time representing Canada at the Olympics.

How does he feel about the idea of ​​a five-week quarantine? He said it was “disturbing.”

McDavid also said that he still wants to play in the Olympics and that the players should gather all the information possible and make an informed decision.

“I’m still a guy who wants to play in the Olympics,” McDavid said. “But we also want to make sure it’s safe for everyone and for all athletes, not just for hockey players.

“I am not in a position to make that decision today. Again, we have to gather all the facts and information and start there. “

Vegas Golden Knights goalkeeper Robin Lehner has had announced that he won’t join Team Sweden in Beijing because he doesn’t believe it would be ideal for his mental health.

“What is reality?” [has] Lehner said via Twitter how it’s going to be “not ideal for my mental health.” “My health [has to] come first and be on lockdown and not knowing what will happen if you test positive (for COVID-19) is [too] risky for me. Sweden will have a great team and Markstrom is a monster. I hope everyone understands.” Connor McDavid wants to play at the Olympics, but finds China’s quarantine measures “disturbing”

Britta Zeltmann

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