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Canada Cup curling event in Fredericton was called off because of COVID-19

Mixed, club events cancelled; Curling Canada to assess status of those post-Christmas.

The 2020 Home Hardware Canada Cup curling competition has been postponed without any present fixed schedule to come back because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previously, the Canada Cup was set up to take place from the 24th to 29th of November in Fredericton.

Curling Canada shared its statement in the recent Tuesday that they are attemping to restart the Canada Cup in the new year. If this plan turns out to be true, this tourtanment could hel perfectly determine playing teams for the 2021 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Olympic qualifying tournament.

Apart from the decision to postpone the Canada Cup, Curling Canada organizators also announced the cancellations of other 2 tournaments which are the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, scheduled for Nov. 7-15 in Canmore, Alta., and the Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships, scheduled for Nov. 22-28 in Ottawa.

Curling Canada also shared that the status of the post-Christmas events in the 2020-21 season might be taken under assessment.

“We all know the reality of our situation, and it goes beyond sports,” Katherine Henderson who is the chief executive officer of Curling Canada, said in a statement. “Our primary goal and responsibility, always, is to keep athletes and volunteers safe and it was determined that without any kind of clarity about what the situation will look like in the late fall when these events were scheduled, we couldn’t responsibly go further in the planning process.”

Curling Canada also confirmed Jean-Sébastien Roy’s Quebec rink, which would have represented Canada at the recently cancelled world mixed curling championship, will maintain its status as Team Canada for the 2021 event.

Previously, Canada curling organizors had brought out different disciplines as well as guidelines to bring back different tournaments during the COVID-19 pandemic include changes to sweeping rules, on-ice player positioning and pre-game handshakes for players planning to participate in the 2020-21 season.

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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.