2019-2020 season ends with event cancellations
The 2019-2020 international curling season has come to an end following the cancellation of March, April and May’s events:
- World Women’s Curling Championship 2020
- LGT World Men’s Curling Championship 2020
- World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2020
- Implications for Olympic qualification being considered
- European Curling Championship C-Division 2020
- Promotion to B-Division for Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2020 being considered
- World Senior Curling Championships 2020
- Stand-alone event
2020 Youth Camp and Ice Technicians course cancelled
The World Curling Federation has cancelled its 2020 Youth Camp and Ice Technicians course, which were set to take place in Fuessen, Germany in July.
The Ice Technicians course would have run from Tuesday 30 June to Thursday 2 July and the Youth Camp from Sunday 5 to Saturday 11 July.
These follow the cancellation of the Federation’s remaining international championships, for season 2019-2020, earlier in March.
Sadly, this is the first time in the annual camp’s 22 year history it has not been possible to run it. However, the safety and well-being of the campers and instructors is paramount and with the global uncertainty around the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) it is simply not possible to do so at this time.
Those who had pre-registered for this season’s Youth Camp have been contacted.
The feasibility of the 2020 Adult Camp in Prague, Czech Republic, is still being considered. It is planned for Sunday 16 to Thursday 20 August. It is still possible to pre-register for that camp up until Thursday 30 April 2020.
World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “It’s with great sadness we now declare the 2019-2020 international curling season over. During the coming weeks, we will take time to carefully consider all the repercussions resulting from these cancelled events.
“My sincere thanks go to each of the organising committees who had worked tirelessly since being awarded these championships. Furthermore, for their understanding in cancelling these events and for their complete agreement that the health and well-being of our athletes, officials, staff and supporters to be the absolute priority.
“We must now look ahead to the return of curling in the 2020-2021 season and continue our journey to the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
“In the meantime, I’m sending the World Curling Federation’s sincere best wishes to each of you during this uncertain time and fervently hope that we will see an end to the spread of this dreadful virus in the very near future.”
Finally, the Federation is fortunate to have access to a significant library of photos and videos that it will share over the coming weeks. If there are great shots you remember from past World, European or Pacific-Asia Curling Championships that you’d like to see, or an outstanding game you’d like to watch again, please write to [email protected] with any requests and the media team will look into publishing at least some of these for you.