Feds debating future of Raps next season

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The federal government says it is reviewing a proposal that would allow the Toronto Raptors to play in Canada again when the new NBA season starts.

In a statement to CTV News Toronto Tuesday evening, Health Minister Patty Hajdu’s office said the government has received a proposal and is considering it.

“The health and safety of Canadians is our government’s top priority and reducing the spread of COVID-19 must always be top of mind,” the statement reads. “We understand that many Canadians are eager to see their favourite professional teams return to play.

The team has said that they are working on parallel tracks to make plans for playing at home in Canada or at a temporary home in the U.S. if necessary.

COVID-19 restrictions, particularly the federal government’s 14-day quarantine rule for returning travelers, have made it difficult to resume cross-border sports.