Canada Set For Record Olympic Appearance
This Summer will see Canada represented in record-equalling style across various team sports codes at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. A total of eight Canadian teams have already qualified, and if only one more should make it in on the Olympic action for 2021, the country will have matched its own national record for the number of team-sport entries at a single Summer Olympics event – the record set in Montreal in 1976.
Squads that have already secured qualification are men’s field hockey, men’s volleyball, women’s water polo, women’s soccer, women’s basketball, women’s rugby sevens, men’s rugby sevens, and women’s softball.
Boding well for a record inclusion is the fact that at least four Canadian squads still have a shot at qualifying to star at this year’s Games in Tokyo.
Men’s Basketball For The Win
One of the most promising possible inclusions is the country’s men’s basketball team. The country’s star shooters will get the opportunity to qualify as part of the last-chance qualifying tournament scheduled to be played in Victoria on June 29 – July 4.
Grouped together with Greece and China in a format of round-robin play, in order to qualify, the Canadians will have to come out on top from among the six teams set to compete for the single Olympic Games spot remaining for men’s basketball. Team Canada has two huge advantages playing in its Olympic favour: home soil advantage and a squad of proven NBA players.
Also gunning for Olympic inclusion is Canadian men’s soccer. Even though Canada hasn’t managed to make it all the way to men’s soccer podium since 1904, the country will be hoping on a record Tokyo inclusion this year. Deciding the country’s fate will be an eight-team qualifying tournament set to be battled out on March 18 – 30 in Mexico.
Final Two Baseball Strikes
The world of baseball sees Canadian competitors down to their two final qualifying strikes.
The country will try and secure a berth in a six-team qualifying tournament set to be played at the upcoming Americas region qualifier. But the competition will be fierce – with countries like the U.S., the Dominican Republic, and Cuba are more than willing and able to give Canadian hopefuls a run for their money. The official new dates have not yet been released.
In the event that Canada fails to emerge the overall winner, it will still have a chance at making it into the Tokyo Olympic Games getup by finishing second, or even third.