World Curling and Curling Canada extend world championship agreement

  • Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2017 was held in Edmonton, Canada Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

One of the most enduring and mutually beneficial working agreements in sport will be extended through to the 2019-2020 season, it was announced today by the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada.

The two governing bodies will continue to work together in staging a world championship in Canada in 2019 (World Men’s) and 2020 (World Women’s).

World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness, said: “Canada is one of curling’s most established Associations and the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada have benefitted from each other’s expertise for more than a decade. With this in mind, it is with great pleasure I can confirm an extension to the arrangement we have in place with Curling Canada.

“The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games was a decisive moment for our sport and I look forward to going into the next Olympic cycle in partnership with Curling Canada – who have always played their part in propelling our sport to new levels of success – as we prepare for Beijing 2022.”

Today’s news extends a working arrangement, in place since 2005, that sees Canada play host to either the World Men’s or World Women’s Curling Championship on an annual basis.

This season, North Bay, Ontario, will host the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018 between 17 and 25 March at the North Bay Memorial Gardens.

“We’re grateful for the continued faith being shown by the World Curling Federation that we can host world-class championships in Canada,” said Peter Inch, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “This partnership continues to get better as both the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada work hand in hand to build the sport of curling for all ages, and we look forward to many more years of collaboration with the WCF.”

In the wake of the successful agreement, the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada are excited to be seeking bids for the World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 in Canada.

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