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Canada will play in Cyprus Cup

The Canadian Women’s National Team will play in the Cyprus Cup that begins next week, the Toronto Star reports.  The Canadian players have dropped the threatened boycott of its games, the Star reports, after seeing progress in their fight to retain Head Coach Carolina Morace beyond the 2011 Women’s World Cup.

The players are also still searching for compensation equal to what is received by the men’s team, ranked No. 80 in the world.  The women are ranked No. 9 in the world and after extended struggles, went public with their plans of a boycott earlier in February.  The Star reports that the players plan to take their case to the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada next week if they are not provided with information about the salaries of the Canadian men’s players.

Dropping the threatened boycott means Canada will play in next week’s Cyprus Cup, the final formal tournament prior to this summer’s Women’s World Cup.  Canada plays Scotland on Wednesday, Italy on Friday, March 4 and England on March 7.  The tournament finals take place March 9.

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