Basketball

CEBL pushes back start of 2021 season due to COVID-19 challenges

The Canadian Elite Basketball League has pushed back the start of its 2021 season due to challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

14-game season to start June 24 instead of June 5; Game vs. Team Canada likely off

Announcement comes as interprovincial travel restrictions are being implemented around Canada. (CEBL)

The Canadian Elite Basketball League has pushed back the start of its 2021 season due to challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league announced Wednesday that its 14-game season will start June 24 instead of June 5.

The announcement comes as interprovincial travel restrictions are being implemented as Canada tries to deal with a third COVID-19 wave.

The CEBL, entering its third season, told CBC Sports a game pitting league all-stars vs. Team Canada that was originally scheduled for June 18 most likely won't occur as a result of the delay.

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The league played its 2020 season in a bubble environment in St. Catharines, Ont.

It was the first professional sports league to resume play in Canada after the global pandemic shut down sports around the world in March 2020.

The CEBL is made up of seven teams: the Fraser Valley Bandits (Abbotsford, B.C.), Edmonton Stingers, Saskatchewan Rattlers (Saskatoon), Hamilton Honey Badgers, Ottawa Blackjacks, Guelph Nighthawks and Niagara River Lions.

With files from CBC Sports

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