Pan American Games: Canada has confirmed the four disciplines it will not participate in

Canada arrives at the 19th Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile with a team of approximately 470 athletes who will compete in 39 disciplines.Except for basketball, baseball, Basque pelota, and soccer; The goal is to exceed 152 medals for the year 2019.

Although the Canadian delegation is slightly smaller than it was at the 2019 XVIII Pan American Games in Lima, when Canada sent 477 athletes, the North Americans arrived in Santiago with the aim of improving their medal schedule relative to the Peruvian competition.

In Lima,

Canada came fourth in the field of metals, achieving a total of 152: 35 gold, 65 silver, and 52 bronze.

In Santiago, it will not be easy for Canada to achieve its goal.

This year, Canada decided not to send its men's and women's soccer teams to the Chilean capital.

Losing this second is important, as Canada occupies tenth place in the FIFA world rankings, and on the American continent it is only behind the United States and Brazil, which practically guaranteed it the medal.

The Canadian Football Association justified the absence of Canadian players due to scheduling problems.

Pan American Games Santiago 2023. Image: JPS 2023

This is the second time Canadian soccer players have not participated in the Pan American Games: In 2019, the team also did not go to Lima to focus on preparing for that year's World Cup.

The absence of the men's soccer team, after a thrilling campaign that took them to the World Cup finals in Qatar this year, also deprives the Canadians of another potential medal at the Pan American Games.

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But in Santiago, Canada will hope to once again dominate in sports such as athletics, where in Lima it won 15 medals, including five gold and six silver, and swimming, where it also won 15 medals, this time one gold, eight silver and six. Bronze.

Gymnastics should also provide Canada with an impressive array of medals. In Lima, the Canadians took five gold, five silver and four bronze.

Traditionally, Canada also excels in rowing. In Lima, Canadians won 13 medals in the sportThree of gold, six of silver, and four of bronze.

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Philip Kim, Canadian athlete at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago

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In water skiing, Canada won 10 medals: one gold, five silver and four bronze.

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Canada also hopes to shine in the sport of breaking, which appeared for the first time this year as one of the sports in the Pan American Games.

It will become an Olympic sport in 2024 when it makes its debut at the Paris Olympics.

Canada appears in Santiago with four top athletes, the maximum possible in the new “break” category: Phillip Kim, Tiffany Leung, Emma Misak and Onton See.

Kim, also known as B-Boy Phil Wizard, arrived in Santiago as one of the favorites for gold after winning the DanceSport Federation (WDSF) World Championship. It was held in Seoul in 2022 and the WDSF Pan American Championships in the same year.

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