Canada's wheelchair rugby team qualifies for Tokyo Paralympics


Canada's wheelchair rugby team is heading to the Tokyo Paralympics after they defeated Colombia 57-46 at the IWRF Paralympic qualification in Richmond, B.C. on Sunday.

The tournament was initially set up as an eight-team, two-pool format, but went to a seven-team round robin after Thailand withdrew over health concerns in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Meaning, the winners of the two semifinal games would be awarded a spot at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Entering the semifinals, Canada was 6-0, including a 62-35 win over Colombia in their second game of the tournament. This game turned out to be much closer. Canada led 13-10 after the first quarter and 27-23 at halftime. However, they pulled ahead in the second half, finishing the third quarter with a commanding 41-34 lead.

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In the final quarter, Colombia started out fast with a quick try, but Canada responded with two of their own and never looked back, en route to victory and the Paralympic berth.

WATCH | The full match between Canada and Colombia:

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics run from Aug. 25 - Sept. 6, and CBC is the host broadcaster.

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