Olympic official not accepting ‘no’ as an answer from NHL
PARIS — The president of the Pyeongchang Olympic organizing committee is still hoping for an National Hockey League U-turn.
“I don’t think they made the final decision so far,” committee president Lee Hee-beom said Monday at a news conference.
“(There is) still room to discuss and negotiate,” he added.
Last month, the NHL announced it will not stop its season to allow players to compete at the Feb. 9-25 Olympics for the first time in 20 years.
And deputy commissioner Bill Daly reiterated the NHL’s stance last week, despite International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel saying his organization was still hopeful of working out a solution to bring the sport’s biggest stars to Pyeongchang.
Lee met with Fasel in Paris Monday morning to discuss the issue. Paris is cohosting the hockey world championship with the German city of Cologne, with the quarter-finals later this week.
He said he hopes further negotiation with the NHL will prove fruitful.