Eight Canadian athletes secured their tickets to Japan thanks to their performances throughout the qualifying period which officially ended on June 15.
Rachel Honderich, Jason Ho-Shue, Joshua Hurlburt-Yu, Michelle Li, Kristen Tsai, Josephine Wu, Nyl Yakura and Brian Yang will represent the Maple Leaf from July 24 to August 2 at the Musashino Forest Sports Center.
With representatives in each of the events on the program, Canada will be among the nine countries in action in all tables in Tokyo.
This wave of Canadian badminton success has been brewing for several years now. In 2015, the country captured six Pan American Games medals in Toronto (one gold, three silver and two bronze) and qualified two athletes for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Then, at the Pan American Games in Lima in 2019, the Canadians won four gold, three silver and one bronze.
Canada will be looking for a first medal there since badminton joined the Games in 1992. It recorded its best result with a 4th place in women’s doubles for Alexandra Bruce and Michelle Li at the Games in London, in 2012.