Curling Canada’s remaining 2019-20 national curling championships have now been officially cancelled and will not be rescheduled, it was confirmed today.
The 2020 Canad Inns Canadian Mixed Doubles (in Portage la Prairie, Man.), the 2020 Everest Canadian Seniors (in Portage la Prairie), the 2020 Canadian Under-18 (in Sudbury) and the 2020 Canadian Wheelchair championships (in Boucherville, Que.) will not be contested due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of the cancellation of the national event and as a result of the ongoing global pandemic, Curl BC has decided not to reschedule the 2020 BC U18 Curling Championships in the fall.
Scott Braley, CEO of Curl BC, said: “We know our U18 curlers and Parksville Curling Club were really looking forward to what would have been a wonderful event so we were hopeful that we could reschedule these championships. Unfortunately there are too many uncertainties as a result of COVID-19 at this time and community safety, along with the safety of our athletes and volunteers, needs to be our top priority.”
Katherine Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada said: “We didn’t make this decision lightly, but keeping our athletes, volunteers and staff safe was the primary motivation. We know this has been difficult on athletes who were pursuing their athletic dreams this season. We also know they share our concerns that everyone stays safe in this time of uncertainty, and we thank them for their understanding and dedication to our sport and curling fans across Canada.”
The cancellation of the Curling Canada events and the Curl BC U18 event is in line with the World Curling Federation’s formal announcement that the 2020 World Women’s, World Men’s, World Seniors and World Mixed Doubles Championships will not be played.
“I know this is a disappointment for the host committees for those events, and I want to thank them for all of their efforts as they prepared to welcome these championships to their cities,” said Henderson. “I’d also like to express our gratitude for the ongoing support and commitment of our marketing partners, who play such a vital role in keeping our sport healthy.”