The Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) will not return to Canada this season and will continue to play in Tampa Bay, USA until the end of the tournament, the club reports.
It has already been reported that due to the spread of Covid-19, the Canadian government severely restricted entry into the country, making it impossible for the Raptors to play home in Toronto. The National Hockey League (NHL), which was forced to form a separate Canadian division this season, is facing a similar situation. In the case of the Raptors, the team moved to the United States and received their opponents in Tampa Bay.
It was initially expected that Raprots forced emigration will spend only the first half of the season, but it has now become clear that the 2019 NBA champion will not be able to play in front of Canadian fans until the end of the season. “Florida is very hospitable to us, for which we are really grateful. We live in a champion city and we like to live in that atmosphere. But our hearts are always with Toronto. We look forward to returning to Toronto, “said Masai Ujiri, president of the club.
There are currently two champions teams in Tampa Bay – Lightning became 2019/2020. A few days ago, the local football club Buccaneers triumphed in the National Bowl League (NFL) Super Bowl
With 12 wins in 25 games, “Raptors” takes the fifth place in the Eastern Conference.