CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie has been monitoring the COVID-19 vaccine developments closely.
Health Canada has approved Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for use in the country and the first doses are scheduled to be administered by mid-December. It happened much faster than many, including the CFL, anticipated.
“Now of course it’s the speed of getting the vaccine into the arms of Canadians from coast to coast to coast,” Ambrosie said on 680 CJOB in Winnipeg.
“We can all see light at the end of the tunnel now. There are some challenges, but there are good reasons to feel positive about 2021 for all of us on many fronts.”
The board of governors voted to cancel the 2020 CFL season after the federal government denied a league-specific financial package. Winnipeg had been chosen as the hub city for a shortened schedule, however, it never happened.
“We can use football as a launch pad for an OK ’21 but maybe a fantastic 2022,” Ambrosie said.
The league put on Grey Cup Unite week and unveiled a schedule for the 2021 season. There have been no guarantees by the commissioner that a season will happen, but the nine franchises are working towards returning to play next year.
“We’re a little less than a year away from a Grey Cup in Hamilton. Wouldn’t it be amazing, by that point hopefully almost all Canadians have been vaccinated,” Ambrosie said.
“Maybe it’ll be the perfect time for a good old fashioned Canadian Grey Cup party. Celebrate coming out of this COVID crisis and looking forward to better times ahead.”