Canada will send a team of 371 athletes to the Tokyo Olympics that, despite Covid-19 challenges and concerns, will be the country’s largest Olympic contingent since the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games.
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said on Tuesday that 225 members of the team will be athletes that identify as women and 146 who identify as men.
“Even before Canada’s incredible athletes get to their first competitions in Tokyo, I am extraordinarily impressed by their results,” said Canada Chef de Mission Marnie McBean in a statement.
“Despite the pandemic, through their creativity and perseverance, they have become the largest Canadian Olympic Team in three decades.
“In far less than ideal conditions, they have found a way to be faster and stronger than ever and I have no doubt that they are ready to reveal something special at Tokyo 2020.”
The youngest member of the team will be 14-year-old swimmer Summer McIntosh and the oldest 56-year-old equestrian Mario Deslauriers.
The squad includes 226 Olympic rookies while 134 competed at the 2016 Rio Summer Games.
Canada won a total of 22 medals, including four gold, at the Rio Olympics, the country’s biggest haul since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics when it also won 22 medals.