Border Cats optimistic for 2023 season as Canada may soon drop border vaccine requirements Pipa News

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Border Cats optimistic for 2023 season as Canada may soon drop border vaccine requirements

The Canadian government is poised to drop vaccination requirements at the border next week, with the Thunder Bay Border Cats baseball team looking more likely to return in 2023.

The team has not played in three seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent interview with CBC News, Northwoods League president and commissioner Ryan Woz said border restrictions are a major concern, as the Cats are the league’s only Canadian team and the league does not require its players to be vaccinated. Is.

However, reports indicate that the government will drop those vaccine requirements – and make use of the Arivacan app optional – from 30 September.

The government has not yet officially confirmed these reports.

“It was encouraging news when it leaked last weekend,” Border Cats vice president Brian Graham said on Wednesday. “I know it’s still not official from the federal government, but it’s certainly good news for frontline cats going forward.”

Woz could not be contacted for comment on Wednesday, but in a previous interview, he indicated that a final decision about the Cats would come by November, as the league is expected to complete its 2023 schedule at that time.

Graham said that despite the hiatus, the Cats are working toward getting a team on the field next year.

“We make a deal with the new field manager temporarily, and we have 15 verbal commitments from the players right now,” he said. “Obviously, we didn’t want to put the cart before the horse too soon, based on the fact that restrictions were still on the border in terms of vaccination status.”

“Now that that ends, we can certainly start signing players to official contracts, and get our team on the field and get it ready, ready for the 2023 season.” Huh.”

The team will also return to Port Arthur Stadium next year, as the team is the stadium’s main tenant.

A city spokesman told CBC News staffers are preparing the stadium for the Cats’ expected return in 2023.

“Ownership is still committed to Border Cats and Thunder Bay,” Graham said. “I know a lot of people have missed Border Cats baseball, and we just need the numbers to show up next year because we’ve been basically… inactive for three years, which has been pretty tough.”

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