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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-S├ębastien 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.