WCF saddened by death of Franco Zumofen

The World Curling Federation is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Italian curler Franco Zumofen, who passed away on Saturday 25 June, aged 78.

Zumofen was born in Fortezza, Bolzano, on 17 May 1938 and fell in love with curling early in his life. He went on to become widely regarded as the face of Italian Curling, having secured the sports place in the Italian Ice Sports Federation. He was a driving force behind a number of high-profile international curling events during his career, most notably the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino.

As a player, he enjoyed a long and distinguished curling career, where in 1969 he won the Italian Curling Championship.

On 16 June 2016 he was awarded the highest accolade in curling – the Elmar Freytag Award and a place in the World Curling Federation Hall of Fame, as a builder. He is also honoured as a member of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “On behalf of the World Curling Federation I express our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of our dear friend Franco, and to the whole curling community in Italy.

“World Curling has lost a great friend and advocate of the sport.

“Throughout his time on the World Curling and international stage, Franco was held in high esteem by his peers and his contribution to our sport is one reason curling is in such good health today.”

To read about Zumofen’s recent induction to the WCF Hall of Fame visit, www.worldcurling.org/franco-zumofen-hall-of-fame