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Atlético Ottawa's debut pushed back with rest of CPL calendar

It's not yet clear when the Canadian Premier League season could begin in 2020, but it won't be April 11.
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2020-02-20 Atletico Ottawa CPL crest
Atletico Ottawa crest. Photo/ canpl.ca

The Canadian Premier League (CPL) is postponing the start of its 2020 season due to concerns over the growing COVID-19 pandemic.

Commissioner David Clanachan made the decision to push back the April 11 start date on Friday.

"We have made this decision in support of the announcement by Canada Soccer on March 13, banning all sanctioned soccer activities in Canada, and the directive by our respective governments and health officials to ban all public gatherings," wrote Clanachan.

"We will continue to work with all of those authorities in order to make a decision on when to begin our 2020 season when it is declared safe by the relevant health and government agencies, including our governing body Canada Soccer."

Atlético Ottawa recently returned early from training at Atlético de Madrid facilities in Spain. All of its players were expected to go into a 14 day quarantine.

"We will continue to monitor closely all input from our government agencies and medical experts and maintain our consistent dialogue both internally and externally," said the CPL commissioner. "As more information becomes available, we will provide public updates."




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