What They're Saying: Nick Bontis

“Pre-COVID, the organization was extremely healthy, soccer across Canada was extremely healthy, then all of a sudden it hit last March, and parents aren’t registering their kids. This is where we get a third, in round numbers, of our revenue. That was a shock to our system. We still have scarce resources but our men’s and women’s national teams are the priority.”

-- Nick Bontis, elected Soccer Canada president on Nov. 20, on the organization's financial problems due to the COVID-19 shutdown. Neither Canada's men's or women's national teams has played since March. He said the pandemic, not financial issues, will determine when the national teams get back on the field. The men have to start World Cup 2022 qualifying in March. The women must prepare for the 2021 Olympics. (Reuters)
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