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The Canadian women’s basketball team will be playing in Paris this summer – thanks to a big assist from Spain. Canada missed a chance to win its way into the Olympic Games, but a Spanish win over Hungary clinched a spot for Canada on Sunday at the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament in Sopron, Hungary.

Spain’s win over Hungary sealed Canadian fate for Paris 2024

Japan’s Evelyn Mawuli (left) and Canada’s Laeticia Amihere (right) vie for the ball during the 2024 FIBA Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament basketball match in Sopron, Hungary on Sunday. (Attila Kisbenedek/Getty Images)

The Canadian women’s basketball team will be playing in Paris this summer – thanks to a big assist from Spain.

Canada missed a chance to win its way into the Olympic Games after suffering an 86-82 loss to Japan on Sunday at the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament in Sopron, Hungary.

Japan’s victory qualified Olympic spots for both themselves and Spain.

In order for Canada to claim a spot in the Olympic tournament, Spain had to beat Hungary in the last game of the tourney.

The hosts took a 46-27 lead into halftime of that game, but the Spanish squad roared back, outscoring the Hungarians 23-8 in the final quarter to earn both a 73-72 win and an Olympic spot for Canada.

More to come.

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Canada falls to Japan at FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament in Hungary

Canada was defeated Sunday at the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament by Japan 86-82.

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