Canada Does Not Qualify for Rio
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Minnesota Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins decided not to play for his national team in their quest to Rio. Wiggin’s agent Bill Duffy broke the news that the 21-year-old had decided not to play in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in the Philippines. Canada was routed by France in Manilla by nine points, just one game shy of making it back to the Olympics since they first qualified back in 2000.
“After much thought, considering and speaking with my family, I will not be participating in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament with the Canadian Men’s National Team in July,” Wiggins reportedly told the Minneapolis Star Tribune (www.cbssports.com). Wiggins went on to acknowledge that with his third season with the Timberwolves on the horizon, his main focus has to be the NBA and building a championship contending team.
What gives? Well, with the Zika virus causing numerous athletes around the world to forgo the Olympics in Rio, his decision isn’t all that surprising. He isn’t the only athlete skipping out the 2016 Summer Games, according to CBS Sports Tristan Thompson, Dwight Powell, Kelly Olynyk, Nik Stauskas, Andrew Nicolson, Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles, Anthony Bennett and Robert Sacre will not be attendance as well. I can’t help but wonder what the Canadian Men’s National Team would look like if the Olympics venue had been changed to a region not plagued by health and economic concerns. Unfortunately, for Canadian basketball fans, they will have to wait another four years to root for their country in the games.