IOC President to join the World Curling Federation celebrate 50 years

  • Photo: WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

The World Curling Federation (WCF) will mark its 50th anniversary this week, with a special celebration ahead of the World Men’s Curling Championship 2016 [2-10 April 2016], in Basel, Switzerland.

Representatives from the 54 curling Member Associations together with invited guests and guest of honour President Thomas Bach of the International Olympic Committee, will attend a banquet, hosted by WCF President, Kate Caithness and the WCF Board on Friday [1 April].

Then on Saturday (2 April), President Bach, will deliver the ceremonial stone in the St Jakobshalle, to recognise curling’s role in the Olympic Movement, as the 58th edition of the World Men’s Curling Championship gets underway.

During the next 12 months further celebrations will take place, culminating in the publication of a commemorative book.

Kate Caithness said: “It is an honour to have the President of the International Olympic Committee with us in Switzerland as we begin our 50th anniversary celebrations.

“Since its inception in 1966 the World Curling Federation – originally known as the International Council of Curling – has seen our sport grow significantly and enjoy much success.

“We have seen curling progress within new markets in the Pacific-Asia region, where the next two Olympic Winter Games will be held [Pyeongchang, Korea in 2018 and Beijing, China in 2022], Europe and the Americas. We’ve seen our sport added to the Olympic [Nagano, Japan in 1998] and Paralympic [Turin, Italy in 2006] programmes and subsequently its growth in the world’s most recognised sporting events. Curling now enjoys four medal disciplines and an increased number of teams.

“We are looking forward to the celebrations in the year ahead which will culminate with the publication of our 50th anniversary commemorative book, currently in production.”

About the WCF: The World Curling Federation (WCF) is the international sport federation governing the Olympic winter sport of curling and the Paralympic winter sport of wheelchair curling. The WCF is one of seven International Sports Federations currently part of the Winter Olympic programme. It represents 54 Member Associations and is generally acknowledged to direct one of the fastest-growing international winter sports.

History of the name: Initially called the International Council of Curling, the name was quickly changed to the International Curling Federation. In 1991 the name was changed again to the World Curling Federation, which it remains as today.

Founded: 1966

Based: Perth, Scotland

Founding members: Scotland, Canada, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland

Olympic and Paralympic disciplines: Men’s (10 teams), Women’s (10 teams), Mixed Doubles (eight teams) and Wheelchair (12 teams)

Current World Curling Federation events: World Mixed Curling Championship, World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship, Pacific-Asia Curling Championships, European Curling Championships [with A, B and C Divisions], World Junior-B Curling Championships, World Wheelchair Curling Championship, World Junior Curling Championships, World Women’s Curling Championship, World Men’s Curling Championship, World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, World Senior Curling Championships and Olympic Qualification Event.