#Tokyo2020! Hometown heroes compete in 7 sports at the Olympic Games!

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti was joined by Senator Martha Deacon, MP Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Sport), and Executive Director of Badminton Canada Joe Morissette, on Friday July 9th, at the Markham Pan Am Centre for Badminton Canada’s official Markham Olympic Training Camp. 

The Canadian Olympic Committee announced the eight-member team – six of whom call Markham home or train in Markham. This is the largest badminton team in Canadian Olympic history and for the very first time, Canada will compete in every Olympic badminton event.

The team departed on July 10 for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games running from July 23 to August 8. The Markham Pan Am Centre is honoured to be chosen as the venue to prepare Canada’s historic badminton team for Tokyo 2020. As a first-class sports training, competition and events venue, the Centre is proud to play an integral part in the development of elite athletes and in fostering local and regional interest in sports.

With 15 of the athletes named to-date competing in the Olympics’ 33 sports and 400 events, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is very much Markham’s Games. The City of Markham wishes all athletes connected to Markham competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games the best of luck as they go for gold:Andre De Grasse – AthleticsJason Ho-Shue – Badminton Rachel Honderich – Badminton Joshua Hurlburt-Yu – Badminton Michelle Li – BadmintonNyl Yakura – BadmintonBrian Yang – Badminton Jayde Riviere – Football (Soccer)Gabrielle Smith – RowingAndrew Coe – RugbyJeremy Hazin – Table Tennis Javier Acevedo – SwimmingTessa Cieplucha – SwimmingJoshua Liendo – SwimmingKayla Sanchez – SwimmingResidents are also encouraged to get in the Olympic spirit and show their local pride by tuning in to Remembering Tokyo 1964 on July 11 at 2 PM.

The City of Markham is proud of its rich sporting heritage and values a strong sporting culture that promotes accessibility and inclusiveness.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is an exciting time for sports in the City of Markham, Canada’s most diverse city and home to many internationally-ranked athletes and even more rising young stars. 

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