A total of 371 athletes will represent Canada at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

Canada has named its largest Olympic team since Los Angeles 1984, with a delegation of 371 athletes set to compete at the delayed Games here in Tokyo.

The Canadian team will be supported by 131 coaches at the Games, which will open on July 23.

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) has praised the resilience of the team following the postponement of the Games last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the challenges of training, competing and qualifying in recent months.

"This is a very special moment for these 371 athletes, who have faced some of the most challenging circumstances over the past 16 months to be named to Team Canada’s Tokyo 2020 delegation," said Eric Myles, COC chief sport officer.

"The fact that we have the largest Canadian team at a Summer Olympics in over 35 years speaks volumes to the focus and resilience of Canadian athletes and the sport community.

"While we are looking forward to watching them shine on the international stage, their glory will go beyond their accomplishments.

"This is about their journey to get to Tokyo and how they have inspired the nation."

The Canadian delegation is comprised of 225 athletes that identify as women and 146 who identify as men.

A total of 226 athletes will be competing at the Olympics for the first time, while 144 will be returning to the Summer Games.

Canada’s team includes 40 Olympic medallists.

Georgia Simmerling and Vincent De Haître are among a rare group of athletes to have competed at both Summer and Winter Olympics, with both selected as part of Canada’s track cycling team.

Canada will be represented in eight team sports at the Games ©Getty Images
Canada will be represented in eight team sports at the Games ©Getty Images

Simmerling represented Canada in Alpine skiing at Vancouver 2010 and ski cross at Sochi 2014, before participating in track cycling at Rio 2016.

De Haître was a long track speed skater in Sochi and at Pyeongchang 2018.

Sailor Nikola Girke has the most Olympic appearances in the Canadian team, with Tokyo 2020 her fifth Games.

Marnie McBean, three-time Olympic champion and Canada’s Chef de Mission, has said the athletes should be proud after qualifying for the Games in unique circumstances.

"These unique times have forged a special Canadian Olympic Team," McBean said.

"Even before Canada’s incredible athletes get to their first competitions in Tokyo, I am extraordinarily impressed by their results.

"Despite the pandemic, through their creativity and perseverance, they have become the largest Canadian Olympic team in three decades.

"In far less than ideal conditions, they have found a way to be faster and stronger than ever and I have no doubt that they are ready to reveal something special at Tokyo 2020.

"Their stories are ones that we can all be proud of."

Canada will compete across 30 sports at the Games, including eight team events.

The delegation includes three pairs of siblings and 11 athletes who are the children of Olympians.