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Canada’s men’s basketball team will receive a little boost on their last chance at Olympic qualification in Victoria.
BC Public Health said on Friday it would allow about 10 percent attendance at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Center for games starting Thursday, July 1. The Victoria Arena can normally accommodate 7,400 people.This excludes the round robin matches of Canada which take place Monday and Tuesday, but includes the semi-finals and the tournament finals.
BC Public Health said spectators from different parties should physically move away from each other and event staff, and masks are mandatory except for eating and drinking. Alcohol was banned from the event.
Clint Hamilton, chairman of the local Friends of Victoria Basketball organizing committee, told CBC Sports the group has been working with the province on a plan for months, but discussions have only intensified in the past three weeks a once it became clear that COVID-19 vaccination rates and transmission rates were moving in the right direction.
“We are delighted that some of this world class basketball our basketball fans can enjoy. And we are grateful that the plan we submitted was greeted with confidence by the public health officer and we are just delighted, ”says Hamilton.
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Hamilton said the committee had considered a July 1 date in recent weeks to stay in line with the province’s plan to reopen, despite missing Canada’s round robin games on Monday and Tuesday. .
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