FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics – Basketball – Preliminary – Ladies’s Preliminary Spherical Group B Senegal v Canada – Youth Area – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 10/08/2016. Miranda Ayim (CAN) of Canada shoots a free throw as Mame Marie Sy (SEN) of Senegal seems on. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes/File Picture
July 22, 2021
(Reuters) – Canada could also be sending one in every of their largest Olympics groups to the Tokyo Video games however solely a small fraction will attend the opening ceremony, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) mentioned on Thursday.
Round 30-40 athletes from the 370-strong group will probably be at Friday’s occasion in a largely empty Tokyo Olympic stadium, bar just a few hundred officers.
“Athletes are solely arriving within the village 5 days earlier than they compete,” the COC mentioned in a information launch. “Which means there are much less athletes within the village and that the majority of them are on the verge of competing.
“The main target of Group Canada stays on security, efficiency, and adhering to the letter and spirit of the Tokyo 2020 playbooks.”
Basketball participant Miranda Ayim and rugby sevens co-captain Nathan Hirayama would be the flag bearers for Canada’s largest Olympic group because the 1984 Los Angeles Summer season Video games.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; enhancing by Jane Wardell)