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Chilliwack Giants pull plug on fall season as local COVID cases rise

The minor football association hasn’t had any cases, but the executive wants to be proactive

One of Chilliwack’s largest youth sports organizations is pulling the plug on the remainder of its season due to COVID-19.

Chris Clark, the president of the Chilliwack Minor Football Association (CMFA) made the following post on the organization’s Facebook page and website late Sunday night.

“Due to increased numbers of Covid exposures and cases in our Chilliwack/Fraser Health community, it is with heavy hearts that the Giants executive has voted to cancel the remainder of the fall season,” Clark wrote. “Although there are no current diagnosed cases in the Giants association, we feel it is prudent at this time to protect those that are part of our association.”

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The Giants had adapted programming to safeguard against the pandemic, opting out of league play in the Valley Community and Vancouver Mainland football leagues.

Instead, CMFA teams practiced and scrimmaged against each other the last eight weeks. The junior bantam team, for example, split a 40 player roster into two squads every Saturday and played a game with no spectators.

“We are very happy that we were able to have the amount of practices and scrimmages that we did this year, and we are looking forward to more activities in the future, so please stay tuned for that,” Clark wrote. “Thanks again to all of the players, parents, coaches and other health/safety volunteers that worked with us during the past few months in order to have the success that we did.”


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