With a silver medal from the 2019 Parapan American Games in Peru, Bo Hedges and the Canadian men's wheelchair basketball team are headed back to the Summer Olympics. The team qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Games by finishing in the top three.
However, the gold-medal game itself still left a sour taste in the team's mouth, as they lost to U.S.A. 76-43.
“We are happy but not satisfied with tonight, so we have to work harder for next year. It’s like a mountain,” explained co-captain David Eng. “We had a couple of goals for each year from Rio to Tokyo and we have been meeting our benchmarks. The marks that we wanted and we set for ourselves. So, we are on schedule and we are right where we want. And I think that just gives us a little more fire to get to the peak where there is a little less oxygen on the peak of the mountain.”
The Canadian women's team are headed to Tokyo as well, and were able to beat the Americans to win the gold medal, by a close score of 67-64.
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