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Toronto Mayor Tory Holds Preliminary Return Talks with Raptors, Jays

With the NBA looking to begin re-opening practice facilities on Friday, Toronto Mayor John Torry held preliminary return talks with Toronto professional sports teams this week.

As COVID-19 restrictions are set to ease following May 19th, Tory hopes to help the Toronto Raptors and Blue Jays to slowly work their way back on their respective field of play. While there is no set plan on when the Raptors will re-open their practice facility for players, numerous NBA teams, including the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers are set to re-open on May 8.

“I expect there will be some news to report on that in a way again that is going to be consistent in making sure our team and our players (will not) be put at a competitive disadvantage,” Tory said. “But at the same time respecting completely the imperatives we have with regard to public health and stopping the spread of COVID-19.”

The NBA and NBPA will hold a conference call tomorrow regarding its return to play initiatives.

Another variable to consider for Toronto sports teams is that the vast majority of players live outside of the country and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that re-entering the country for non-residents would be “at a strict minimum” until quarantine protocols ease.

The Toronto Raptors held second place in the Eastern Conference at the start of the pandemic outbreak, boasting a 46-18 record.

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