Atlético Ottawa Returning Home Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

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With the Canadian Premier League suspending all preseason training activities amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Atlético Ottawa has returned home from training in Spain.

In response to the ongoing crisis surrounding coronavirus, or COVID-19, the Canadian Premier League announced on Friday that it was suspending all pre-season activity for two weeks, effective immediately. The league followed up with a separate announcement on Monday, revealing that Ottawa had ceased its training at Atlético Madrid’s facilities in Spain and would be returning home.

According to that announcement, all players and staff will follow necessary medical and isolation practices upon their return. More from the Montreal Gazette:

The new Canadian Premier League franchise had been holding its training camp in Spain – in the facilities used by Atlético Madrid – but packed its bags when the league put a hold on all pre-training actives for 14 days (Mar. 13-Mar. 27) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Atlético Ottawa players and coaches will take all necessary medical and isolation protocols upon arriving in the nation’s capital.

Upon announcing the suspension of pre-season activity on Friday, the CPL stated it would provide more public updates as information becomes available, including “details about potentially rescheduling or postponing matches as we move towards the season opening date of April 11, 2020.” Backed by Club Atlético de Madrid, expansion Atlético Ottawa is slated to begin play this year as the CPL’s eighth team.

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