CSIO Welcome Minister McLeod, Olympic, and Paralympic Athletes for Phase One Reopening

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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CSIO Welcome Minister McLeod, Olympic, and Paralympic Athletes for Phase One Reopening

For Immediate Release

TORONTO (June 2nd, 2020) – The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is excited to announce the reopening of the sport institute today. Ontario’s high performance athletes training for the 2021 and 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be able to get back to a regular routine thanks to the Government of Ontario’s amendment to the Emergency Order effective May 18th.

CSIO proudly welcomed Minister McLeod from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture (MHSTC) for the Phase One Reopening of CSIO’s Strength and Conditioning area.

Recently, the response to COVID-19 in Canada has shifted to questions regarding how best and when to re-open Canada and restore operations to priority aspects of the economy. Specifically, High Performance sport in Canada must also address a thoughtful ‘return to sport’ process that protects the health and safety of athletes, coaches and practitioners, and respects the public health authority guidelines at the federal level as well as in each province and municipality.

“We are so excited to announce the anticipated reopening of CSIO, with the help of our Minister and public health officials”, said Debbie Low, CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. “Canada has shown to be the ultimate leader in decisions regarding the health and well being of our High Performance athletes, and we’re delighted to set the standard for training in Ontario. I’m so proud of the diligent, thorough, and hard work our staff has put in behind the scenes to ensure a safe, healthy, and responsible return for our athletes. We’re looking forward to unrolling for Phase Two, and ultimately podium performances for future games.”

CSIO has prepared protocols to outline the safe and responsible return of our High Performance athletes in the facility. We are in ongoing consultation with our sport partners who are also in the process of developing safe and thorough protocols to allow return to sport training in their respective fields of play. Opening of facilities for exclusive access to High Performance athletes is in accordance with guidance and permission from relevant Ontario ministries (Health, Labour, Sport), and municipal Public Health authorities. Furthermore, resumption of athletic training is in accordance with guidance from Ontario and local public health authorities.

AAP carded athletes who have qualified for, and/or are training for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic/Paralympic Games, and 2022 Winter Olympic/Paralympic Games (as approved by their respective NSO) are eligible to train. These athletes must also be healthy, asymptomatic, in Canada for the last 14-days, and have not been in contact with someone who has, or is suspected to have contracted COVID-19 within 14-days.

CSIO will continue to monitor the progress of Phase One reopening, as well as work with the Ministry, and Public Health guidelines on the start of Phase Two reopening. We would like to thank everyone for their patience during this time.

 

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