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377 athletes set to represent Sask. at Canada Games

The 2022 Canada Summer Games are just one day away!

The opening ceremony for the Games are set to take place on Saturday, as more than 2,000 athletes from across the nation will come together in St. Catharines, Ont.

Angel Besskkaystare, a wrestler from Wollaston Lake, is set to lead Saskatchewan into the games as the opening ceremony flag bearer. Besskkaystare is one 377 athletes representing Saskatchewan at the Games, joining 88 coaches and 25 mission staff from 70 different communities across the province.

Past Saskatchewan representatives at the Games include a long list of Olympians in hockey player Emily Clark, speed skater Catriona Le May Doan and snowboarder Mark McMorris, as well as Paralympian para swimmer Shelby Newkirk.

Action officially gets underway on Sunday, with the Games wrapping up on Aug. 21 with the closing ceremony.

The 2022 Canada Games feature 18 sports with athletes representing all 10 provinces and three territories. Among the 18 sports is lacrosse, which will be played by females for the first time, while it makes its return following a 36-year absence on the male side.

This will be just the third time the Games will be hosted in Ontario. London previously hosted in 2001.

Also representing Saskatchewan at the Games are 23 officials from six different communities across the province.

CBC Sports is set to air more than 100 hours of free live coverage across their platforms, including CBCSports.ca, CBC Gem and the CBC Sports app. Also, additional coverage will be available in more than 90 per cent of sports via niagara2022games.ca/watch.

For more on the Games and a full schedule for the 16-day competition, visit canadagames.ca. For Saskatchewan specific content, visit teamsask.ca and follow along on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.