Mexico to host first World Curling event

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The eighth World Curling Congress and Annual General Assembly will be held in Cancun, Mexico between 4 and 6 September 2019, it has been revealed.

This is the first time Mexico will host a World Curling Federation sanctioned event – and is a first step towards hosting a full international championship. It is also, only the second time the Congress will be hosted in the Americas zone. The 2014 Congress was held in Reno, Nevada, United States.

This news comes with other headline items for the 2018 World Curling Congress and Annual General Assembly which will be held in Budapest, Hungary, next month (6-9 September).

In Budapest, the World Curling Federation’s Member Associations will vote on a number of rule clarifications and suggestions. These include a detailed qualification process for the new World Qualification Event; how, and what, delivery sticks are used in wheelchair curling – following the recent Delivery Stick Summit, in Morris, Manitoba, Canada.

A new competition window for the Americas Challenge, from January to October/November and an increase of teams for the Youth Olympic Games from 16 to 24, as approved by the International Olympic Committee, will be proposed.

In the lead up to the Annual General Assembly, on Sunday 9 September, where all votes will happen, there will be Open Meetings and breakout discussions about development programmes and competition priorities, particularly, the format of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. This comes in light of this discipline receiving two additional teams for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. That competition will involve ten teams, up from the eight that competed at the PyeongChang Games, this year.

Also, votes will take place to reinstate President Kate Caithness for her third term in office, as well as for United States Curling Representative Beau Welling, who stands unopposed for the position of Board Director, being vacated by Andy Anderson, also from the United States.

Caithness, said: “Mexico hosting the eighth World Curling Congress is another example of how truly global the reach of our sport is.

“This news comes on the back of another successful Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games for curling. The unprecedented broadcast coverage curling received at the Games will only help that interest. Looking forward we are excited to be working more with all our Member Associations, including those that are new to the Federation.

“But, for now, following another successful season, I am looking forward to meeting up with friends from across the world in Budapest, as we take stock of curling’s position in the sporting world at present.”

More news from the Congress and AGA will be posted on www.worldcurling.org and Twitter, Instagram (@WorldCurling) and Facebook (/WorldCurlingFederation) along with the hashtag, #curling