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It looks like at least some of the foreign members of the Toronto Maple Leafs are or will soon be returning to Canada:

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Dubas said a number of Leafs are starting to make their back to Toronto - those who left the country will have to adhere to the federal government's 14-day quarantine upon arrival - and that defenceman Jake Muzzin (broken hand) and winger Ilya Mikheyev (wrist laceration) should be at 100 per cent if training camp goes ahead.

Link: https://www.cp24.com/sports/leafs-eager-for-chance-to-compete-in-what-would-be-a-season-like-no-other-1.4957554

 

Note pro hockey is a more popular sport than figure skating in Canada (the popular pro sports might be exceptions), but this news may suggest that elite athletes may be able to return and quarantine.  I hope any athletes returning to Canada will strictly follow quarantine and any additional public health guidelines as they are special exceptions to our current rules about no non-essential visitors.  (OK I'm less worried about Yuzu and his Mom and more concerned about pro hockey players following the rules).

 

I'll be frank and hope any people including skaters think very carefully about their safety before deciding on whether to return to Ontario.  Canada has not seen the worst of COVID-19 thankfully so far, but as provinces slowly re-open, people are getting more lax.  I need only look outside my window here in Toronto to see especially groups of kids, teens, and 20-somethings not practicing social distancing or wearing masks.  It's disturbing and it makes me worry we will see case numbers surge again.  Ontario needs to change its messaging consistently about who can get tested and we need more PPE, enough so health care workers don't have to ration, and enough of at least surgical or good cloth masks for workers who cannot work from home.  We need more tracing ability here in Toronto as well.  We get to most people within a day of testing positive (somewhere in the 70-90% range as of a week or so ago), but that happened while most of us were staying at home.  Tracing will become much harder as more and more people become mobile and visit more places.  With robust testing, tracing, and isolating, as well as a respectful populace that increases mask wearing and continues to physically distance, I would feel more confident about people coming into this situation. 

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5 hours ago, TallyT said:

 

Love that Pooh is there ahead of so many of the actual skaters....:dancingpooh:

Doing ice angels no less. LOL! 

 

 

@Songster01 I don't have high hopes for any NHL players to respect quarantine. As a group, they're kind of the epitome of privilege and entitlement. I'm not enthused about hockey's return at all, I feel like it's too soon and entirely unnecessary

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Interesting vlog from Romsky. It's sad that skaters without big sponsors and Fed support will have even more disadvantage now, cuz of course with little people on the ice and without public groups, the ice will be even more expensive. Though still might be better then no ice at all.

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5 hours ago, Lunna said:

Interesting vlog from Romsky. It's sad that skaters without big sponsors and Fed support will have even more disadvantage now, cuz of course with little people on the ice and without public groups, the ice will be even more expensive. Though still might be better then no ice at all.

 

It sounds like he and his team have thought long and hard, and worked out how to manage the balance of on-ice need and on-ice cost as best they can, but it's a worry.  Especially given that Roman, as Canadian national champion, possibly gets better funding than a lot of lower ranking skaters, the rising or even beginning stars. I have to say that - along with quite a few other sports where the financial layout is already sizeable - skating is going to lose people who simply can't afford it.

 

Another reason for Sendai to be grateful to their favourite son, his donation to their rink was perfectly times and I doubt will be the last.

 

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10 часов назад, TallyT сказал:

Especially given that Roman, as Canadian national champion, possibly gets better funding than a lot of lower ranking skaters

I don't know how funding goes in Canada, as far as I heard even national champions and guys from the main team pay themselves almost for all. But maybe someone can correct me.

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Guys, in case you feel like ranting, here’s some stuff for you. 

 

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On 5/29/2020 at 6:06 AM, Lunna said:

I don't know how funding goes in Canada, as far as I heard even national champions and guys from the main team pay themselves almost for all. But maybe someone can correct me.

I believe Nam has mentioned it in interviews. My understanding is, they have basic funding from Skate Canada for things like competition travel and for the rest there's this:

http://canadianathletesnow.ca/can-fund-stats/

https://skatecanada.ca/skate-canada-high-performance-grants/#:~:text=SKATE CANADA ATHLETE FUND,dance and synchronized skating teams.

 

Note that Skate Canada states that athletes can only receive one of the two programs - if they're getting a Sport Canada grant, they're not eligible for the Skate Canada one. So, basically they can get up to $21,100* each year, if they're a carded athlete (ie. senior elite, usually it's people who are top-ranked in the world, not just in Canada) plus travel expenses. 

 

Not exactly princely sums. IMO it would make more sense in the current situation for the provincial sports organizations to directly buy the ice time and donate it to the various clubs rather than fund individual athletes, but that's not exactly something that can happen quickly either. 

 

*to put this in perspective, the average rent for a bachelor (aka bedsit) apartment in Toronto just hit $1683/mo,  Good thing so many skaters live with their parents. 

 

 

 

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