Recently By Anna Rice

My last match for Canada

I won't lie, when I woke up two days ago on the morning of what could be my last match I felt the emotions creeping in.

"Not now. Not yet." I told myself. There was still work to be done; I still had to fight for the win and the chance to reach the medal rounds over world No. 3 and local superstar Saina Nehwal.

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Comparing Games

The individual badminton tournament is now well underway and Canadians are doing great so far. 

As my roomie Grace Gao tried to get her mind off the competition for a short while, she asked me how the Commonwealth Games compare to the Olympics. 

Over the course of our conversation I came up with five differences that I've noticed, based on my experiences at the Athens and Beijing Olympics, and the Melbourne and Delhi Commonwealth Games.

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Do or die in Delhi

It was do or die in Delhi for our Canadian badminton team on Thursday and, unfortunately, the home team proved too strong for us.

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An emotional farewell

Yesterday, I had the honour of watching Canada's best female squash player wear the red and white for the very last time. Alana Miller of Winnipeg bowed out of the women's singles squash event after a tough defeat to England's top player.

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At last, we arrive

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are now making our final approach into Delhi..."

I never thought those words would sound so sweet, but after more than 35 hours of travel they absolutely did. There were about 30 Canadian athletes, coaches and journalists on board representing the sports of badminton, squash, athletics, cycling, shooting and weightlifting.

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Delhi: To go, or not to go? That is the question

I have to admit I never thought it would come to this.  

In my first blog entry in this series I lamented how India has always eluded me. Now, she seems to be trying her best to do it again: engineering failures, incomplete residences, flooded streets and an outbreak of dengue fever to name a few of her tactics.  

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Celebrate Sports Day in Canada with me

A new Canadian tradition will begin on Saturday. It's a chance for Canadians of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate together throught one of the world's favourite pastimes: sports!

Sports Day in Canada is the brainchild of three organizations that have come together to support all levels of sport, from the grassroots beginner all the way up to the Olympic medallist. The CBC, TrueSport and ParticipACTION have joined forces to help communities recognize the power of sport and how it supports healthy lifestyles, builds social bonds and strengthens our national spirit.

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Will Delhi be ready?

We're now less than a month away from the opening ceremony for the XIX Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and the question of whether or not the city will be ready is again in the headlines.

While in Paris last week for the badminton world championships, I took the opportunity to ask two of my friends from the Indian team what they thought.

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India or bust

India has always eluded me.

In my 10 years on the Canadian badminton team, I've traveled to more than 50 countries, but never to India. Don't get me wrong - it wasn't by choice. I've been dying to go. I've even had the visa stamp in my passport, the plane ticket bought and the accommodations booked. But on four different occasions, the trip fell through.

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