The league’s return-to-play plan has been approved by public health officials in Alberta, B.C., Ontario and Saskatchewan.
The CEBL delayed the start of its season back in April, from June 5 to June 24, due to challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“CEBL athletes, officials and staff are ecstatic to start our 2021 season. We are proud to demonstrate how sport can safely resume and lead the industry back to play,” CEBL commissioner Mike Morreale said in a statement.
NEWS: We’ve been in Full Go Mode for a while, but now it’s officially official 🙌 <br><br>We’ve received approvals from public health stakeholders in Alberta, BC, Ontario and Saskatchewan for a return to play.<br><br>Season 3 is locked and loaded 👏 <br><br>🗞️ <a href=”https://t.co/Lqc0e84y2z”>https://t.co/Lqc0e84y2z</a><a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/OurGame?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#OurGame</a> <a href=”https://t.co/2qz3suGdIZ”>pic.twitter.com/2qz3suGdIZ</a>
The CEBL was the first professional sports league in Canada to return to play following the start of the pandemic, holding its two-week Summer Series in a bubble format in St. Catharines, Ont., last July and August.
Morreale said the CEBL expects to be among the first Canadian leagues to welcome fans back into venues.
With CEBL training camps set to open on Tuesday, import players are currently in 14-day quarantines in their respective Canadian cities.
The Ottawa BlackJacks host the Niagara River Lions in the June 24 season opener. The Hamilton Honey Badgers is home to Edmonton on June 26, and Fraser Valley hosts Saskatchewan later that day to complete the opening weekend of action.
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