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August 26, 2019

Surrey, BC – In less than one week, Canada’s national women’s softball team will look to build on a recent Canada Cup Championship and Silver Medal at the Pan Am Games – as it competes in a qualifying tournament that will advance two teams to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Canada will be among ten national squads taking to the field at the Softball Americas Qualifier at Softball City in Surrey, BC from August 25th to September 1st.

The National Team is currently ranked #3 in the world, but have demonstrated they can beat anyone. During the Pan Am Games earlier this month, Canada defeated the #1 ranked team from the United States before losing a close 3-1 Gold Medal Game to the Americans.

The upsurge by Canada promises to make the Olympic Qualifier an exciting event, said Organizing Committee Chair, Greg Timm. “This is an exciting period for women’s softball in Canada. Our national team is performing at a very high level. They have a great deal to be proud of, and we hope that hardcore fans and casual fans alike, will fill Softball City to Show their support.”

Team Canada will open the Qualifier against team Cuba at 7:30pm, August 25 and play all its subsequent round-robin games in primetime at 6:00pm. The games will also be streamed live online at CBC.

The Qualifier’s participants were drawn into two groups:

Group A: No. 3 Canada (3), No. 4 Puerto Rico, No. 39 Bahamas, No. 17 Cuba, No. 18 Guatemala
Group B: No. 5 Mexico, No. 16 Venezuela, No. 14 Brazil, No. 20 Peru, No. 19 Dominican Republic.

The round robin will be played from 25-29 August. The top three National Teams in each group will advance to a Super Round (30 August to 1 September). The top two National Teams in the tournament final standings will gain a berth for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Canada’s Opening Robin Schedule:

Sunday, August 25th, 7:30pm: Canada (3) vs Cuba (17)

Tuesday, August 27th, 6:00pm: Canada (3) vs Guatemala (18)

Wednesday, August 28th, 6:00pm: Canada (3) vs Puerto Rico (4)

Thursday, August 29th, 6:00pm: Canada (3) vs Bahamas (39)

 

KEY INFORMATION

  • Pre-event Press Conference: 24 August, 2019, 1:00pm local time, at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford. Address: 15269 104 Avenue, Surrey BC V3R 1N5. (Map)
  • Competition Venue: Softball City – 2201 148 Street, Surrey BC, Canada. (Map)
  • Official Website in six languages (EnglishFrenchJapaneseKoreanSpanishTraditional Chinese)
  • Local Tournament Website americassoftballqualifier.com
  • Official Social Media: @WBSC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Weibo
  • Official Hashtags: #RoadToTokyo

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Media Contacts

Kelly Gleeson
Laura Ballance Media Group
604-240-6231
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Ben Ronald
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