Women’s Cross Country
Athletics Canada announced today the 24 athletes (10 men and 14 women) who have been selected to represent Canada at the 2021 World Athletics Relays Silesia21 on May 1 and 2. The 2021 edition of the event marks the first global track event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and will bring together more than 1,000 athletes from 46 different nations to compete as part of 153 relay teams. World Relays will offer teams their final opportunity to qualify for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, in addition to the 2022 World Athletics Championships being held in Eugene, Or.
For the first time in the event’s history, World Relays will be staged in Europe at Silesian Stadium in Chorzow, Poland, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. Fully updated in 2017 with a new roof, stands, lighting, video screens and an improved sound system, the stadium has hosted track and field events since 1967. The first three editions of World Relays took place in the Bahamas, while Japan hosted the meet in 2019.
Prior to the team’s arrival in Poland, members of Team Canada will gather in Baton Rouge, La., for a pre-event training camp to hone their relay skills and try to recapture the chemistry they had found in 2019.