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Canada announce squash, rugby teams

Canada has named an eight-member squash team for next month's Commonwealth Games, which will be spearheaded by two-time men's national champion Shahier Razik and three-time women's national champion Alana Miller.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2010 20:13 IST

Canada has named an eight-member squash team for next month's Commonwealth Games, which will be spearheaded by two-time men's national champion Shahier Razik and three-time women's national champion Alana Miller.

The squash competition at the Commonwealth Games is one of the top events in the international calendar with leading nations such as England, Australia and New Zealand gunning for top honours.

Apart from Razik, the men's team will also have Shawn Delierre, who will be participating in his second Commonwealth Games, world number 78 Robin Clarke and 22-year-old Andrew McDougall.

Reigning national champion Miranda Ranieri, Stephanie Edmison and 19-year-old Samantha Cornett are the other members of the women's team along with Miller.

"I'd like to congratulate all of the squash athletes being named and to welcome them to Team Canada. There is an excitement building as the Commonwealth Games draw nearer.

"I'm very much looking forward to cheering on our squash team as they compete against many of the world's best in Delhi," said Canada's Chef de Mission Martha Deacon.

Canada's national coach Yvon Provençal said, "With all of our Canadian players competing on international circuits, we look forward to taking on many of the best players in the world in Delhi.

"We know that players like Shahier and Alana will provide great leadership to the younger players and we expect to create some upsets."

Meanwhile, Canada also announced a strong 12-member Rugby sevens team which will be competing against powerhouses like three-time gold medallist and defending champion New Zealand, England, Australia, Fiji and South Africa in the 16-team event of the Delhi Games.

The Rugby Sevens tournament in Delhi will be the first opportunity to witness this unique brand of high-octane game in a multi-sport event since it was added to the Olympic programme a year ago.

"I know that the Rugby Sevens tournament in Delhi will be one of the hottest spectator draws of these Games. It's a great test for our talented Canadian squad," Chef de Mission Deacon said.

Rubgy Sevens team: Nanyak Dala, Thyssen de Goede, Sean Duke, Ciaran Hearn, Nathan Hirayama, Phil Mack, Ian Schoults Neil Meechan, Justin Mensah-Coker, John Moonlight, Taylor Paris, Conor Trainor; Geraint John (coach), Quentin Fyffe (assistant coach), Rodger Swany (manager).