World Men's Curling Championship 2019 to be played in Lethbridge, Canada

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Another world championship will be contested in Lethbridge, Alberta, it was announced jointly on Wednesday (14 March) by the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada.

The World Men's Curling Championship 2019 will be played at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, from 30 March to 7 April.

It will be Lethbridge's third opportunity in seven years to have world champions crowned in the Southern Alberta city. In 2012, it was the World Women's Curling Championship that was played at the Enmax Centre and 11 months ago, the World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Curling Championships were played at the ATB Centre in Lethbridge.

"It is my pleasure to confirm that the World Men's Curling Championship 2019 will be held in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada," said Kate Caithness, president of the World Curling Federation. "This follows the recent success of our World Mixed Doubles and Seniors being held in the first-class ATB Centre in Lethbridge. I am in no doubt that the local organising committee, Curling Canada and our Event Sponsors will put on another fantastic Canadian World Curling Championship for fans and athletes from around the world to enjoy."

It will be a return trip to Alberta for the World Men's Curling Championship, after its 2017 edition was played at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, won by Canada's Brad Gushue. It will be the fourth time the World Men's Curling Championship has been played in the province of Alberta; in addition to 2017, Edmonton also hosted in 2007 - won by Canada's Glenn Howard - while Calgary played host in 1964 - won by Canada's Lyall Dagg.

"We know Lethbridge has a proven track record of success when it comes to hosting world-class curling championships, on and off the ice and I'm positive 2019 will be no exception," said Resby Coutts, Chair of Curling Canada's Board of Governors. "I had the privilege of attending the 2017 World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors championships and saw first-hand how passionate the City of Lethbridge is about the sport of curling. Fans who make the trip to Southern Alberta next year will be treated to a great show."

A total of 13 Member Associations will compete in Lethbridge - the second year of a 13-team format. Teams will qualify through the Pacific-Asia, Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships, Americas Challenge and World Qualification Event. Places will be distributed in the following manner:

  • * Two Americas Zone (including hosts Canada)
  • * Two Pacific-Asia Zone
  • * Eight European Zone
  • Two World Qualification Event
  • * The zone with the lowest placed team at the previous World Curling Championship loses one guaranteed spot

    Canada will be represented by the winner of the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon, Manitoba.

    "Our city is delighted that we have been chosen to host this tournament that will welcome world-class curlers from around the globe. We look forward to the opportunity to showcase Lethbridge to the world," said Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman. "This is another opportunity to demonstrate our community's ability to host major international events. I invite our community to participate as volunteers or spectators and be a part of making this a first-class event for all. Thank you to the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada for choosing Lethbridge."

    The World Men's Curling Championship 2019 will be televised exclusively and extensively in Canada by TSN/RDS2, from the round robin, through to the bronze medal and gold medal games.

    It will be Canada's 25th crack at hosting the World Men's Curling Championship. Canadian men's teams have won 35 world championships since the event's inception in 1959 - the most recent coming with Team Gushue's gold medal in 2017 in Edmonton.

    The World Men's Curling Championship 2018 is scheduled for 31 March to 8 April in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

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