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All is not lost on the Canadian women though. Even at the start with the world champion USA loss. Better finish third with far easier opponents for the Canadians looming in another Olympic volleyball qualification tournament:

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/generic/team-canada-volleyball-olympics-women-1.3394706

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We weren't pissing on your cornflakes, so take your racist records and piss off.

Canada Olympic uniforms unveiled

Nope! Surprising decision but that was the plan since 2014 apparently.

The #10 Canadian men are one win away from making it to Rio and win the NORECA up in Edmonton after dispensing Mexico and Puerto Rico. Only the Cubans stand in the way today at the University of Alberta's Saville Community Center, the same place where the Canadian women's basketball team made their successful direct bid to clinch the Americas championship spot this past summer. Seems like the omens are very good for Canada up there:

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/generic/canada-mens-volleyball-closer-to-olympic-berth-1.3397202

But the Canadian women won't carry on in their Olympic hopes after Puerto Rico dashed their dreams south of the border in Lincoln and went winless. So hoping for an Olympic team sport that Canada will send both the men and women to Rio. Puerto Rico goes to that intercontinental Olympic tournament as a third place finisher in May:

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/generic/canadian-women-s-volleyball-teams-misses-chance-rio-1.3397387

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Canada qualified a 3 man team in road cycling. Remarkable improvement over a year to barely qualifying 1 to qualifying the maximum on the continental tour.

Also there are conflicting reports that Brazil has given up its team synchro spot and FINA has award it to Canada.

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FIBA just announced its Olympic Qualification Tournament draw today. Good news for Team Canada is they're avoiding Europe and will play in the Manila group at the Mall of Asia Arena. Bad news is Turkey, France, and hometown kids the Philippines are looming for Team Canada.

Uh-oh...I knew this was going to happen. :(

Will make the semis and no further. The Canadians are really going to rue that 1-point loss to Venezuela in Mexico City at the semis back in September when the Americas title was theirs for the taking like the women did, as Fox says in Rio 2016 qualification thread. Head coach Jay Triano says afterwards: "We're happy to be going anywhere. Any draw was going to be tough, every team is going there with the same goal". He's being tactful obviously and the Canadians know they will face a couple really good European teams. Road To Rio and Canada continue rising will have to go through the star-studded and deep Les Bleues. They're hating this, you know.

Format adjustment with 2 groups of 3 in each city with the 18 teams involved with the top two in each group making it to the semis and the winner directly going to Rio.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/canada-rising/canada-s-men-s-basketball-team-olympic-draw-1.3420447

Meanwhile, captain Christine Sinclair, her coach John Herdman, rising star Kadeisha Buchanan, and company ready to take on the Group B easybeats Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guatemala with some fresh faces like 16-year old midfielder Deanne Rose down at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Another USA VS. Canada CONCACAF women's Olympic final looming:

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/olympic-soccer-qualifying-canada-roster-1.3419955

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I agree, Turkey is weak when far away from home turf.

Canada has really screwed up with men team sport qualifications so far, minus Hockey, which unexpectedly qualified. Football and Handball already out, Waterpolo, Basketball, Vball & Rugby looking more and more unlikely to qualify each day. Particularly those last 3 looked like almost certain qualifications 2 years ago.

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I agree, Turkey is weak when far away from home turf.

Canada has really screwed up with men team sport qualifications so far, minus Hockey, which unexpectedly qualified. Football and Handball already out, Waterpolo, Basketball, Vball & Rugby looking more and more unlikely to qualify each day. Particularly those last 3 looked like almost certain qualifications 2 years ago.

Canada only really has Samoa to contend with in rugby. Volleyball is down to having to beat two of the 3 Asian teams and Venezuala. Canada has beaten ever team in the tournament in the last two years.

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Canada only really has Samoa to contend with in rugby. Volleyball is down to having to beat two of the 3 Asian teams and Venezuala. Canada has beaten ever team in the tournament in the last two years.

Canada needs to be in the top 3 (ie likely beat all 3 asian teams to qualify)

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Canada needs to be in the top 3 (ie likely beat all 3 asian teams to qualify)

No. The qualification has changed from top three and top Asian, to top Asian and top 3. So if Canada finishes 4th behind Japan or Iran and the two Europeans. Japan/Iran is top Asian, Poland, France, Canada are top 3.

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No. The qualification has changed from top three and top Asian, to top Asian and top 3. So if Canada finishes 4th behind Japan or Iran and the two Europeans. Japan/Iran is top Asian, Poland, France, Canada are top 3.

That is great news. If Canada doesn't qualify then I would be surprised.

Also the men's rugby sevens team lost 26-7 to Samoa today at the NZL Sevens

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That is great news. If Canada doesn't qualify then I would be surprised.

Also the men's rugby sevens team lost 26-7 to Samoa today at the NZL Sevens

As far as I know, its not the full strength team (i.e. the one that played in Toronto for instance). Also I would think that the final tournament qualification might bring DTH van der Merwe into the team which could make a pretty big difference.

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Women Soccer Concacaf Olympic Qualification Tournament

After beating Guatemala 5-0 thursday, easy one today against Trinidad Tobago 6-0

Canada is now assure to go in semi-final, probably against Mexico

A win in semi-final is good for a ticket to Rio (USA will take the other ticket)

Next game for Canada will be tuesday against Guatemala

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The Canadian Reds are going to Rio. Duh. And the reactions from fellow Canadians overjoyed with this including former players like Karina LeBlanc from their 3-1 win over Costa Rica thanks to Christine Sinclair's 2 goals--already ahead of Mia Hamm alltime:

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/canada-soccer-olympic-qualification-semis-1.3456415

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/generic/canada-womens-soccer-qualified-for-road-to-rio-1.3456543

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Fox, what are the odds that Canada will qualify a composite team in Dressage? Sending 2 athletes, given that only Canadians and only lonely Bermudan are in the ranking. Redistribution could provide for the third rider no? Along with Denmark.

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Some updates

Full team is qualified in women's wrestling. Went 4 for 4 today to get into the finals and finish qualification

Looks like a full quota on the women's side in track cycling and on the men's it looks like kierin only.

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Next possibility for Canada :

The Synchro Olympic qualification tournament

Canada was allready qualified for the duet event with their first place last summer at the Panam Games.

This weekend, for the team event, they have to finish in the top three to get their tickets for Rio.

Also for the Women Triathlon with the beginning of the Triathlon World Series in Abu Dhabi.

Amelie Kretz have to finish in the first eight at one of the three World Series events (Abu Dhabi, Gold Coast Australia or Yokohama Japan)

She finished third at the U-23 World Championship in 2013.

Sara-Anne Brault is also a solid contender for a ticket for Rio

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Women's Water Polo: would be a huge shock for Canada to get into the semis against a deeper field then qualified for the Olympics so far

Boxing: continental tournament, at most Canada will send 3 boxers

Cycling: Canada has already qualified a strong women's track team. Hugo Barrette is 8th ranked in the world in kierin and should maintain that by the end of the weekend to qualify for Rio. Other then that the men's side is bleak.

Equestrian: Canada is assured of a second athlete in dressage since no other Group D rider meets minimum standards. Redistribution could see a composite team qualify if enough quotas can't be used.

Synchro: team qualification starts tomorrow, if Canada is in 3rd after the technical is pretty in the bag. But it will be a tough fight between Spain and Canada.

Wrestling: Probably only 2 men will qualify. The draw wasn't favourable to most of the men but hopefully the strong showing of the team on the first day can produce some solid results and get a 3rd or 4th into the Olympics

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