Many Bujold will be the first woman to box for Canada at consecutive Olympics.
Following last week’s historic decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Bujold was officially named to the Canadian Olympic boxing team on Wednesday.
“I am very excited to join Team Canada for my second Olympic Games,” Bujold said in a press release. “I am ready and looking forward to showcasing my skills on the biggest stage.”
“What an inspiration Mandy Bujold has been to our whole Canadian team – her dedication and persistence to fight for her rights outside the ring matched her incredibly creative training for inside the ring,” said Team Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Chef de Mission, Marnie McBean.
“Our first-time Olympic boxers have an incredible leader in their midst. They are all going to be so exciting to watch.”
Bujold was pregnant and postpartum with her daughter, Kate Olympia, during the period the International Olympic Committee (IOC) used to determine the qualification process.
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Unable to compete in 2018 or 2019 as a result of her pregnancy, Bujold had set her sights on punching her ticket to Tokyo in May at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Buenos Aeries. But the event was cancelled due to the pandemic, leading to Bujold’s biggest fight yet.
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The 11-time national flyweight champion was ranked second in the world before her pregnancy, and appeals arguing for her Olympic selection were made on behalf of Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Boxing Canada.
After a petition from Bujold and her lawyer was turned down by the IOC, the Canadian fighter’s battle continued with her successful appeal to the CAS.
The two-time Pan American Games champion finished fifth at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
- Mandy Bujold — Kitchener, Ont. (women’s flyweight, 51kg)
- Caroline Veyre — Montreal (women’s featherweight, 57kg)
- Myriam Da Silva — Chamble, Que. (women’s welterweight, 69kg
- Tammara Thibeault — Regina (women’s middleweight, 75kg)
- Wyatt Sanford — Kennetcook, N.S. (men’s welterweight, 69kg)