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World Curling Federation decided to cancel the 2020 World Mixed Curling Championship

The World Curling Federation has recently decided to cancel the 2020 World Mixed Curling Championship in Aberdeen, Scotland due to the bad effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event had been previously scheduled to take place at Curl Aberdeen from the 1st to 7th of October as the first tournament being held within the three-year hosting partnership. The federation said this partnership had now been reduced to a two-year agreement which is only available for the events taking place during the period from 2021 to 2022.

World Curling president Kate Caithness announced recently: “It’s with regret that we are announcing it is no longer possible to run the World Mixed Curling Championship 2020.

“Unfortunately, with the continuing spread of the virus and the restrictions it has placed on international travel, safely bringing athletes and staff to the championship is simply not feasible at this time.”

Tom Brewster who is the manager of Curl Aberdeen and 2014 Olympic silver medallist, added: “We are disappointed that we are unable to welcome the curling family to Aberdeen in 2020. With quarantine restrictions still in place, it is simply too early in the curling season for us to host the championship. Instead, we now look forward to welcoming everyone to Curl Aberdeen for the World Mixed Curling Championship 2021.”

The federation said that the organizers will try their best to follow all the strict restrictions to keep the safety of all people involved and will make further announcements about the schedule of the upcoming championships as soon as possible.

Curling is now no longer an unfamiliar sport in Scotland and many other nations, which has been played in this country as far back as the sixteenth century. The WCF’s headquarters is located in Perth, Scotland.

In other news, the federation recently agreed on a two-year extension to its contract with iX.co, the digital arm of media and marketing partner the Infront agency, with the viewing to enhancing its output in China ahead of the 2022 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The WCF first joined forces with iX.co in August 2019 as it launched its first social media channel on Chinese platform Sina Weibo.

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Curling world optimistically looks ahead to next season despite numerous challenges caused by pandemic

Despite the pandemic is gradually getting more and more predictable, curling organizers still remain optimistic to make preparations for the next seasons.

Before the whole world has been affected by the dangerous Covid-19, the last great Canadian sporting hurrah was one of the strongest editions of the Tim Hortons Brier.

Curling fans would quickly pack Kingston’s Leon’s Centre to enjoy games and then crowd largely in the “The Patch” party tent across the road afterward. Therefore, the festivities often last long until midnight.

It’s one of many special traditions of the Roaring Game which might become inexistent or at least undergo changes after the frozen period of curling world.

Curlers will not allow executing their pre-game handshakes and empty stands will become a possible fact happening at top events. International team participation could be something premium at Canadian tour stops.

However, these are all predictions as during this period, nothing about the incoming curling tournaments and plays is confirmed to be ensured.

Bonspiel organizer Gerry Geurts, who operates the CurlingZone website that manages world rankings and team point systems, said that the uncertainty about the next curling season definitely provokes such a significant challenge.

“It’s going to be a hit for the [curling] clubs and the events,” Geurts revealed his opinion during an interview taking place in London, Ont. “However the teams have to have the expectation that they’re going to take a bit of a hit at the same time too.”

The current off-season essentially has been activated in mid-March after the cancellation of the women’s world championship. Normally play would be executed again in late summer, however, autumn curling plays will still remain a puzzle to most people at the moment.

COVID-19 developments are forcing the sports world to take a cautious approach to the potential return of competition.

Team sponsorship difficulties

Curling has some certain challenges to overcome when it’s set to come back. Sponsorship concerns, travel restrictions, and event feasibility are some top concerns that the whole curling world has to deal with

“Some of those small- and medium-sized businesses that support local teams are going to have a harder time doing it,” reigning Brier champ Brad Gushue said.

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Curling will make a new debut this autumn as the return to Play guidelines

According to the expert John Morris , Curling in Cadana must undergo certain changes in its producing process to make a great return to Play guidelines.

“It’s easier to start radical like this and then scale back,” John Morris who used to win the Olympic gold 2 times shared his viewpoint on Tuesday.

“Rather than the opposite. If curling in Canado is kicked off in a relaxing way and then ramped up later, that would still be a challenge for everyone involved. I think it’s a better idea to start more strict. I’m on board with that.”

Curling Canada recently made a huge return to Play document on Monday and it executes certain changes in its very basic game because of the huge effects made by COVID-19 prevention protocols.

For illustration, as of now, there will be the one and only sweeper who is allowed to deliver rocks for both recreational and high-performance plays. In addition, players who stand in the house will not be allowed to sweep these rocks in order to help them stay away from the plays as well as with position placement. Moreover, there will be more social distancing rules about different positions where players can stand during the game. These new measurements could affect communication during the play, which is a key aspect of the game.

All these guidelines will greatly change the game, just one season before an Olympic year.

“Being part of the sweeping staff, I think that’s going to make quite a big difference,” said Kirk Muyres. He used to be a former skip before playing second for Matt Dunstone’s Regina team at this present.

“It always plays an important factor about sweeping with two people on a stone, communicating back and forth, keeping each other in check as you’re going down the ice. It’s also about judging that rock. I think judging the weight is going to be really difficult for just one sweeper to handle.

“I think in terms of rock management and placement of stone, these new measurements could change the game quite a bit.”

In this incoming season, there will be 3 important players playing second for four-time Brier champion Kevin Koe of Calgar, who are Morris – the Olympic gold medal winner in 2010, Kevin Martin – the mixed doubles gold medal winner in 2018 and Kaitlyn Lawes.

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Lillehammer, Norway to become the official revenue to host the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2020

The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2020 will take place in Lillehammer, Norway during the period from the 21st to the 28th of November 2020. This is the fourth time that Norway has been chosen to host the European Championships. The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships used to take place in different places all around the world. In 1977, it is held in Oslo while in 1990 Lillehammer is chosen to be the next place and Stavanger is chosen to host the champion in 2013. During some recent years, Norway is chosen by many international curling to hold their events, firstly the Youth Olympic Games 2016 curling events which takes place in Lillehammer, while the 2019 editions of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and World Senior Curling Championships were both held in Stavanger.

Kate Caithness, who is the President of World Curling Federation, shared her opinion: “We are delighted to be returning the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships to Lillehammer. It has been 30 years since these championships were last held in the city and it is fitting that they are taking place in Lillehammer’s Olympic Park.

“This is such an important event in our season and it is fascinating to see our European teams earn enough qualification to our world championships, where they and our other elite teams from around the world, will together compete for places at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. I am sure our friends at the Norwegian Curling Federation and the Lillehammer Curling Club will grab this occasion and produce a first-class event for our athletes and spectators.”

There will be both women’s and men’s championships within the Le Gruyère AOP European Championships 2020 A-Division taking place in the Haakons Hall. Lillehammer Youth Hall was built initially on the purpose of hosting the ice hockey finals during the Olympic Winter Games in 1994. With the spectator capacity of up to 10,000 people, it is Norway’s biggest venue for indoor sports until now.

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World Curling Academy holds its official first online curling course

Due to the sophisticated situation of the pandemic, many fields of the world are trying to apply new resources, especially high technology with the viewing to continuing different essential activities.

It is definitely that curling is of no exception, the World Curling Academy has recently announced to celebrate its first online curling course. The registration is now available for people to register. The Ice Technician (Level 1) course is a virtual course being built not a long time ago, which teaches curling beginners the basic knowledge of handling ice curling.

The course has been strategically organized and built to help beginners gain a deeper understanding of curling equipment as well as the maintenance of this sport such as basics of refrigeration, air systems, dehumidification, water quality, pebbling and scraping techniques as well as some essential knowledge of curling stones.

This course is one of several parts required for curling newbies to become a certified World Curling Academy Level 1 Ice Technician. It is required for players to pass their in-person assessment being built by a World Curling Academy Educator. After finishing this assessment, they are qualified enough to complete the certification.

Scott Arnold, who is the World Curling Federation’s Head of Development, said: “This has been over a year in development and I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to see the first of our certification courses published on the World Curling Academy,”.

He said that according to the World Curling Federation’s Curling Ice Explained manual, anyone who is interested in playing ice curling should kick off their journeys by taking part in the Ice Technician Level 1 online course.

“Over the coming months, both Umpire Level 1 and Technical Coach Level 1 will be held online on the Academy site, which are available to anyone having internet access and the ability to learn about those disciplines. Being opened widely to the whole global has been such a development challenge for the Federation and the Academy allows us to overcome it.”

Scott said: “I would be remiss if I did not thank our education partner, World Academy of Sport, the members of our Curriculum Advisory Groups, and my fellow staff for all of their hard work in launching the Academy.”

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Shocking news: Ottawa will become the host of the 2021 world men’s curling championship

There have been many hypotheses as well as suggestions for the position of this year curling championship’s host, however, but on the recent Tuesday, there had been the official announcement confirming that Ottawa’s TD Place Arena will become the host of the 2021 world men’s curling championship.

If the condition of the pandemic COVID-19 gets more positive with fewer cases being infected to, it might be possible for us and sports organizations, especially curling ones to quickly get into the swing of things and hold big sporting events in Ottawa.


“I’m not a betting person, so I’m not going to give odds on it, but I think the numbers of spectators, as well as players taking part in tournaments, are going the right way,” Curling Canada CEO Katherine Henderson shared his viewpoint on Tuesday. “We are planning to have fans in the building — to keep them under the safest condition, fans will likely have to go through a certain number of protocols — and we’re all planning to have a really good time. That being said, we’re not going to endanger people, we’re not going to do anything that does not stick to public health regulations, which healthcare professionals would tell us not to do.”

There will be a lot of things being put under the dangerous conditions all around the world, to be more specific, events being scheduled from the 3rd to the 11th of April at TD Place arena. A lot of the competing field tournament within the 2022 Winter Olympics men’s curling competition will be reorganized in Ottawa. Originally, ranks and titles of this tournament were about to be determined by the combined results of the 2020 and 2021 world championships, however, due to the unexpected cancellation of the 2020 worlds in Scotland, the International Olympic Committee is likely to accept and apply this alternative plan.
John Shea, the chair of Curling Canada’s board of governors, shared in a recent interview: “My hometown of Ottawa has proven itself as an amazing host for championship curling events over the years and the 2021 world men’s championship has the potential to take that to another level.” “World-class curling belongs in world-class cities and Ottawa fits that description perfectly.

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Longtime event director Hansen suggests new ways to hold the next curling season

Due to the widespread of Covid-19, there are a lot of curling competition being cancelled and the rest of all tournament within the 2020-2021season will have to undergo alternative changes to adapt to this new situation. These are having to face the most challenging situation as they would make a return soon in a few months ahead.

Arenas will soon be full of spectators and players again as the sports world will soon be kicked off, and curling, none of an exception, will have to follow some certain rules. The powerbrokers of the sports world will continue their work of exploring numerous possibilities for competitions and tournaments, however, with the uncertainty about potential restrictions about the crowd to prevent the outbreak of the pandemic.

The sight of thousands of curling fans gathering in a bonspiel for attending the match would likely disappear in at least a few upcoming weeks. Public events if taking place, have to be held behind the closed door, which seems to be quite boring.

Warren Hansen who is a Curling Canada Hall of Famer, spending over the past 20 years on running event operations for the national federation, says new ways is in need to be executed for at least get top curling competitions on television.

“Find a perfect arena which is close to the airport, make a deal with some hotels then try to stream the things online for at least your television audience,” Hansen said.

Considering some important factors such as air travel skittishness or restrictions hampering transport, Hansen gives opinions of holding events in major cities such as Winnipeg or Calgary, which will be perfect choices.

Holding competitions on these revenues, Hansen shared that the majority of the top curlers could be in the better mode and determination to take part in the competition.

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JONES: Curling championships of provinces are on its way to be combined

It has never been that easy for curling to be applied any changes throughout its history. When the stone of curling arrives, many spectators got fascinated by the movement of players, go kicking and screaming against it. However, the below change should be the most remarkable one.

For the first time in history, the provincial men’s and women’s curling championships, are going to be combined into one celebration of the sport and this interesting championship will take place in late January at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex & Chief Jim Starlight Centre in southwest Calgary.

The championship offers the chance for the comeback of Alberta, not under the traditional form of two annual shabbily showcased events, but will be combined into one exceptional event. This will be the special championship which combines the Alberta-hosted Briers and Curling Canada, Slam Tour and also other major international events.

Throughout its history, Alberta impressively provides the nation with different champions (11 out of the last 20 Brier champions are from the province). However, before being held in the Brier champions, the province already held different provincial championships which used to be ranked top 2 curling show by comparison.

Alberta’s own championships have been mostly underwhelming other cricket events which soon found difficulty in finding host cities and had to be held in a couple of curling clubs recently instead of being held on arena ice.

Due to the large spread and danger of Covid-19, most of curling championships as well as tournament were called off. Hence, Brier champion Brad Gushue and Scotties winner Kerri Einarson of Winnipeg weren’t able to be Canada’ representatives at the World Curling Championships. The curling player, Jill Richard spent her quarantine time staying at her home in Edmonton to set up clear plans for the project.

Richard, the first executive director of the newly formed Curling Alberta entity which now replaces the three regional associations of SACA, NACA and PCA, said that it has yet to be officially announced. However, if we take a closer look at this situation, the curling industry is in fact facing a lot of problems and has to overcome them soon.

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KIRK MUYRES WILL JOIN TEAM DUNSTONE SECOND FOR THE NEXT SEASON

Kirk Muyres and Matt Dunstone used to be teammates, then became provincial rivals and now are teammates once again, Kirk Muyres and Matt Dunstone will participate in a team soon for the upcoming season.

Dunstone made annoucement on Thursday that Muyres will take part in the Regina-based club second times and said his goodbye to Catlin Schneider earlier this week. Third Braeden Moskowy and the lead Dustin Kidby will be teammates once again and maybe sometimes compete with each other for rehearsals.

“Kirk’s experience and his loud achievement at the third and skip positions impressively make him become one of the most well-rounded players in curling field.” Dunstone shared his viewpoint on a social media post. “We’re all excited to see how he becomes one of the best seconds in the world. I am most looking forward to earn a Brier gold for Saskatchewan and also our collective dream of becoming Team Canada at the Olympics with the participation of Kirks!”

Muyres and Dunstone used to be the teammates of Steve Laycock’s team and won the 2018 SaskTel Tankard to represent Saskatchewan at the Brier. After parting away from each other to develope themselves in different new squads, Muyres and Dunstone became competitors as the participation of two provincial championship finals. While Muyres was the champion a year ago, Dunstone became on top this season and earned a bronze at the Brier.

Both Muyres and Dunstone have earned certain important success on the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling circuit with Team Muyres while taking part in the Tour Challenge Tier 2 titles in 2018 and Team Dunstone claiming the Masters this season.

“I can’t wait to start this next chapter of my career with Matt, Braeden and Dustin,” Muyres said excitedly in the post. “This team has claimed that they can play and win in these important moments and their players can compete with the highest consistency against the top 1 teams in the world. The goal has always been to win the Brier and Olympic gold for Saskatchewan and I believe this group has the some secrective formula to make it come true. I am excited to bring my experience as a third and skip to help this team gain most success as possible as I can.”

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TAKE A CRASH COURSE ABOUT A BRAND NEW SPORTS IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS – CURLING

Before the 2018 Winter Olympics, there might only be skiing or figure-skating which caught all spectators and Olympics fans attention. However, after the 2018 Winter Olympics taking place on Feb 8th, it was curling that started to make a huge impression on fans. Many people paid accomplishment to this brand new sports which totally enchanted and took their hearts away. However, to be honest, just a few curling fans actually know the rules as well as the origin of this sport. Below are some of the certain rules which curling fans should better get a clue to have a more thorough insight into their favorite sports.

What is Curling?

Curling is a sport that requires the whole team of about 4 players involved. It is played on an ice field in the shape of a rectangular with the participation of 2 teams, each team has 4 players. Curling is played with two types of brooms, either a brush “push-broom” in another name or a corn/straw/Canadian broom. These brooms are used to push large, dense granite rocks that weigh 44 pounds per broom. They are called curling rocks or curling stones. They are made of rare granite which is extracted from the Scottish island of Ailsa Craig. Curling gets another name as “the roaring game” because the stones while moving across the ice create such a loud rumbling sound. Players often play curling on a 42.07-meter-long and 4.28-meter-wide rink with a target or house (one is blue and the other is red with the circle shape on the ice). The surface of the ring is made from artificially created ice being sprinkled with water droplets meant to freeze into small drops on the surface. This is called “pebbled ice”. Pebbled ice is used to aid in the stone’s grip with the viewing to make curling more consistent.

Curlers’ mission is to draw their stones as close to the center of these circles as possible. The more scores they can make, the closer they will be to the victory. Curlers need to use sweeping brooms to upgrade the speed of each stone. Some special curling shoes are utilized by players to grip the ice well.