Members vote to change World Mixed Doubles format and first African Member joins at AGA 2018

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The Members Associations of the World Curling Federation have voted to change the format of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship after an emergency motion was made by the representatives at the Annual General Assembly in Budapest, Hungary.

This event will change from an open entry format to a 20 team world championship and a separate open entry World Challenge, from the 2019-2020 season. For the 2020 Worlds 16 teams will qualify from the previous year’s competition and the remaining four teams will qualify from the World Challenge.

In addition, World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness has begun her third, four-year, term in office after representatives from the organisation’s 60 Member Associations voted unanimously for her unopposed bid.

In a second election, United States representative Beau Welling, became Board director, replacing the retiring Andy Anderson.

Also, on Sunday (9 September), the first African Member Association was voted in as a provisional Member. Nigeria will become a part of the Pacific-Asia zone, meaning the name for this zone will be changed in future. This takes the total number of Member Associations to 61.

Caithness said: “This has been another productive Congress, in Budapest. My thanks go to the Hungarian Curling Association who put on a first-class gathering and who have welcomed us warmly the past few days.

“After a healthy debate, our Members have tasked the Federation with adopting a new format for the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship – our newest Olympic Winter Games discipline – to improve its elite status.

“This has been a particularly special Congress and Annual General Assembly for me, as I begin my third term in office. Dedicated curling facilities have always been and will continue to be my priority, however knowing how quickly the last eight years have passed, I must look to the future regarding succession planning to ensure when it is time for me to hand over the baton, the knowledge and experience I have gained during my terms in office will be passed on to my successor.

“I am also delighted to welcome Beau Welling onto the Board - he will bring a wealth of knowledge to this position – and a warm welcome to Nigeria, our 61st Member Association and very first African Member.”

Future venues

During the Annual General Assembly, two future competition venues were announced and a statement was made that no further action will be taken on curlers implicated in the McLaren Reports, published in July and December 2016, because insufficient evidence was found to bring an anti-doping rule violation.

The two future venues are the Naseby Curling Rink in Naseby, New Zealand for the World Qualification Event, to be played between 18-23 January 2019 and the European C-Division Curling Championships will be held in the Brasov Olympic Ice Rink, in Brasov, Romania from 13-17 April 2019. This will be Romania’s first international curling event.
Rule clarifications

The bulk of votes on the day were related to rule changes and clarifications including:

- The Americas Challenge now being played in October/November rather than in January;

- The number of teams to compete at the Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 increasing from 16 to 24 for the mixed team event. The assorted National Olympic Committee mixed doubles competition will remain too, with 48 teams competing;

- How teams will qualify for the new World Qualification Event (WQE):
  • One team from the Americas zone will get a WQE place after the Americas Challenge is played.
  • Four teams will get WQE places from the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships – the winner and runner-up from the B-Division and the two highest ranked teams in the A-Division that have not qualified for the Worlds.

- The standardisation of delivery sticks used in wheelchair curling, with athletes having to conform to a Wheelchair Curling Policy.

- More details about the rules that were voted on can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

The eighth Annual World Curling Congress will take place in Cancun, Mexico from 4-6 September 2019. The 2019 Annual General Assembly will be held Friday 6 September.

To read more about the work of the World Curling Federation in the past season you can download and read the Annual Review 2017-2018, which was published on Sunday, at www.worldcurling.org/annual-review-2017-2018

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 Resolutions put to the Annual General Assembly 2018
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