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TORONTO, Ont. (February 1, 2021) – Canada Basketball announced Monday the 20 athletes invited to attend a Senior Women’s National Team virtual training camp this week.Click here for the Senior Women’s National Team virtual training camp invites.

“There have been tremendous individual and collective efforts made by both our athletes and staff, as they continue to diligently work together throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Denise Dignard, Director, Women’s High Performance.  “From staying connected and supporting each other virtually to maintaining a growth mindset and focusing on things they can control, our team has adapted their training in preparation for this summer.”

“Everyone’s determination and resolve in the pursuit of excellence towards our team’s historic goal of a place on the podium in Tokyo is truly inspiring,” said Dignard.  “We are excited to see further progress during our upcoming February virtual camp.”

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the team was last together just over a year ago in Ostend, Belgium where they swept their group at the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgium with a 3-0 record to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  ‍Canada has successfully qualified for three consecutive Olympic Games, dating back to London 2012.

However, that hasn’t prevented athletes from connecting virtually with coaches and staff to continue their development and training over the course of the past 12 months.  This camp will be yet another important opportunity for the team to connect, build chemistry, and continue preparations ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

“I’m so excited to get together with our players and staff this week,” said Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach, Senior Women’s National Team.  “We have an incredible group of people on this team who have displayed genuine dedication and commitment to our teams’ growth and improvement during this time.”

“We’ve had to take a different approach to our Olympic preparation process than we had originally anticipated but I know our hard work is going to pay off,” Thomaidis said.  

The Tokyo 2020 Women’s Basketball Tournament is scheduled for July 26 – August 8, 2021.  Canada is one of 12 qualified teams that will be divided into three groups of four teams each. The Group Phase will be played in a round robin format, with each team playing the other teams in the group once.The teams placed first and second in each group and the two best third-placed teams in the Group Phase qualify for the Final Phase.  

The draw for the Tokyo 2020 Women’s Basketball Tournament is set for Tuesday, February 2 at 4:30 AM ET (10:30 CET) at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball in Mies.  FIBA will livestream the ceremony across their digital channels.

Prior to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Canada will also participate in the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2021 from June 11-19, 2021.  This event is one of four Women’s Continental Cups, which will qualify 16 teams for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup Qualifying Tournaments from February 6-14, 2022.  The top three teams from each Qualifying Tournament will advance to the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 in Sydney, Australia from September 22 – October 1, 2022.

Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team remains ranked fourth in the FIBA World Ranking Women, presented by Nike, after the rankings were updated following the conclusion of the November window of the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers


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