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The Canadian women’s basketball team will need to wait to find out if they’re Olympics-bound after an 86-82 loss to Japan on Sunday at the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament in Sopron, Hungary.

Outcome of Spain vs. Hungary match will seal 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’s Olympic fate is now in Spanish hands.

Canada will need to wait to find out if they’re Olympics-bound after an 86-82 loss to Japan on Sunday at the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament in Sopron, Hungary.

Sunday’s match between Spain and Hungary will decide whether Canada will qualify for the Paris Olympic Games. If Spain wins, Canada will book their spot at the Summer Games. If the host Hungarians win, Canada will not qualify for Paris.

Mai Yamamoto paced Japan with 21 points and earned player of the game honours. Bridget Carleton led all Canadian scorers with 19 points while teammate Kayla Alexander had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Japan’s victory qualified both themselves and Spain spots at the Olympics.

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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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