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B.C. Lions smoked out of Kamloops, bolt for Coast to prepare for CFL campaign

The B.C. Lions were smoked out of Kamloops. Training camp was cut two days short, with the CFL club electing to cancel on-field activities on Wednesday and Thursday due to poor air quality, the result of wildfires burning across B.C.
Michael Reilly
Michael Reilly prepares to pass during B.C. Lions' training camp last week at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops.

The B.C. Lions were smoked out of Kamloops.

Training camp was cut two days short, with the CFL club electing to cancel on-field activities on Wednesday and Thursday due to poor air quality, the result of wildfires burning across B.C.

The team has returned to headquarters in Surrey.

"I do see a football team that can be good, but we have lots of work to do and that's just the nature of being off for a while and coming back," said B.C. head coach Rick Campbell, who joined the Lions in time for the 2020 season, which was cancelled amid the pandemic.

"You try to check off boxes every day and try to cover as many things as you can. We're in the process of doing that."

B.C. and Saskatchewan will square off in Regina on Aug. 6 in Week 1 of the CFL campaign.

The Lions opened camp on July 11 at Hillside Stadium, monitoring air quality each day and altering the schedule when necessary.

B.C. has held camp in Kamloops since 2010, but the most recent contract has expired.

Both sides have indicated a willingness to sign an extension.

"I think it's a great place to have training camp — the facility, the town, all that stuff," Campbell said. "The thing I've liked the most is the players' attitudes. They've adjusted to everything."