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February 10, 2020 | by: Mary Sullivan

Canadian Women’s Basketball & Soccer Teams Qualify for Tokyo Olympics!!

Basketball – Canada’s women’s basketball team celebrated at centre court holding aloft a giant ticket that read: “Qualified.” “For the team to qualify with a 30-point victory is pretty special. I think it really speaks to how far this team has come,” said head coach Lisa Thomaidis.

After edging Belgium 61-56 on Thursday, Canada needed only to finish ahead of Belgium or Sweden in the four-team qualifying tournament to punch its ticket to Tokyo.

The thumping of Sweden was a massive punctuation mark on FIBA’s new three-tournament qualifying format. Canada’s top women had travelled from numerous points abroad over the past six months — including as far away as Australia — to don the Maple Leaf. As a result, Canada lost just once — to the top-ranked Americans — over its 12 qualifying games.

If the team’s excitement was measured on Saturday, it’s because Canada’s job isn’t done. Ranked an all-time best No. 4 in the world, the Canadians have their sights set on the Olympic podium in Tokyo, after being ousted in the quarterfinals in both 2012 and ’16.

Soccer – Canada qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Friday, thanks to a 72nd-minute goal by teenager Jordyn Huitema in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.

The victory means the eighth-ranked Canadian women can now work towards a third straight podium finish at the Games, following bronze-medal performances in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.

Friday’s win did not come easy. No. 37 Costa Rica was well-organized and physical in defence.

The breakthrough came late when the 18-year-old Huitema capped off a pretty passing play involving Ashley Lawrence, Janine Beckie and substitute Deanne Rose, whose cross found an unmarked Huitema in front.

The soccer women are the seventh Canadian team to qualify for Tokyo, joining the women’s rugby sevens, softball and water polo squads and the men’s field hockey, rugby sevens and volleyball sides.

Source: TSN Sports