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Canadians Sinclair, Buchanan on stamp to commemorate 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

04/28/2015 09:17 EDT | Updated 08/03/2015 01:59 EDT
EDMONTON - Canada Post will be issuing a new stamp to commemorate Canada hosting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup this summer.

The stamp features Canada's most accomplished women's soccer player, Olympian Christine Sinclair, teammate Kadeisha Buchanan and Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori, captured in various action shots.

"Canada Post is highlighting these athletes and the most prestigious tournament in women's soccer," said Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post. "At the same time, we are celebrating the incredible advancements that the women's game has made in Canada, on the field and in fan interest."

Sinclair is the all-time leader in international appearances for Canada. A two-time Olympian, she led Canada to a bronze medal in the 2012 London Games. This will be her fourth appearance in a FIFA Women's World Cup competition.

Buchanan played for her country in the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup, which Canada hosted in 2014. She is currently a member of the West Virginia University Mountaineers.

"The stamp commemorating the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 is a tribute not only to these outstanding athletes and soccer's world-wide appeal, but also of Canada's strength and leadership in playing host to competitions that attract the best of the best," said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport).

The stamp was designed by Debbie Adams of Toronto and will be available in post offices May 6.

Canada will be welcoming the top 24 nations in a total of 52 matches in six host cities — Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton.

The Canadians will play China in the tournament opener on June 6 in Edmonton.

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