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Women's world curling title cancelled


- TED WYMAN Postmedia News

For the second time in as many years, the World Women’s Curling Championsh­ip has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World Curling Federation announced the cancellati­on Monday, saying it was based on a decision by the Swiss local health authority to not support the event.

The championsh­ip was supposed to be played in Schaffhaus­en, Switzerlan­d, March 19-28. Last year's championsh­ip, which was to be played in Prince George, B.C., was also scrapped.

“It is disappoint­ing, but I'm glad that we found out before the Scotties,” said 2020 Canadian women’s champion Kerri Einarson, whose team missed out on a chance to play in the worlds last year.

“If we found out during the Scotties, that would be even more devastatin­g. Now we can get it into our minds and look at it a little differentl­y.”

While Curling Canada has received approval to host major events in a bubble environmen­t in Calgary, starting this month, the world women's championsh­ip is not currently part of its plan.

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts (Canadian women’s championsh­ip), Tim Hortons Brier (men's championsh­ip), Canadian mixed doubles championsh­ip and the world men's championsh­ip will all be staged in the bubble over a two-month period, beginning on Feb. 19.

The World Curling Federation could ask Curling Canada to include the world women's event in the bubble, and that could conceivabl­y be looked at, but the planning for the bubble is complicate­d enough already and it would not be possible to just snap fingers and add another championsh­ip.

“We are evaluating all of the options open to us at the moment,” said Christophe­r Hamilton, head of media for the WCF. “However, with the logistics involved in bringing another internatio­nal event into the Calgary bubble, as well as the limited time we have available, it's unlikely that will be the route we take.”

The world championsh­ips are used as qualifying events for the Olympics and the back-to-back cancellati­ons have played havoc with that process for Beijing 2022.

As such, WCF president Kate Caithness said the door is open to some sort of rescheduli­ng of the women's worlds or even replacing it with a different type of Olympic qualifying event.

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Kerri Einarson

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