The Canadian Football League (CFL) has announced the postponement of the start of 2020 training camps due to the ongoing global pandemic.

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the decision was in response to directives issued by various governments that it's unsafe to proceed with plans to gather our athletes and coaches together as scheduled.

Up until today's announcement, CFL training camps were scheduled to open on May 17, and rookie camps had been scheduled to open as early as May 11.

Ambroise says their future plans are now in the hands of public health officials.

"We at the CFL are pragmatic optimists," says Ambroise in a statement. "Our pragmatism dictates that, unfortunately, training camps cannot go forward as scheduled. But our optimism remains strong. We continue to look forward to a CFL season and the Grey Cup.”

The postponement of the start of training camps is the latest in a handful of necessary responses from the CFL to adapt to the ongoing pandemic.

Last week, the league announced the postponing of its global draft until the start of camps. The week before, it cancelled its remaining combines for the 2020 season.