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In this note we consider the following conjecture: given any closed symplectic manifold $M$, there is a sufficiently small real positive number $\rho$ such that the open ball of radius $\rho$ in the Hofer metric centered at the identity on the group of Hamiltonian diffeomorphisms of $M$ is contractible, where the retraction takes place in that ball (this is the strong version of the conjecture) or inside the ambient group of Hamiltonian diffeomorphisms of $M$ (this is the weak version of the conjecture). We prove several results that support the weak form of the conjecture.

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