Paralympics

Canada's wheelchair rugby team qualifies for Tokyo Paralympics

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

Canada went 7-0 in the tournament to earn Paralympic berth

Canada's wheelchair rugby team defeated Columbia for the second time in the IWRF Paralympic qualification to advance to the Tokyo Paralympics. (Bogetti-Smith Photography)

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.

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:

Wheelchair Rugby Paralympic Games Qualifier from Richmond, B.C. 1:40:30

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

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