April 11, 2009
The World Curling Federation (WCF) has announced that Chelyabinsk, Russia will host the 2010 World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors Curling Championships, taking place April 16-24, 2010.
Located some 2,000 kilometers east of Moscow, Chelyabinsk is a winter sport hub featuring the Ice Palace, a massive multi-sport facility featuring 11,000 square meters of ice availability.
Surrounded by an Olympic-sized long-track speed skating oval, 12 sheets of dedicated curling ice will be created with special end-zone spectator seating for 3,000 plus a stage erected for the opening and closing ceremonies.
“We are very pleased to bring a World Curling Federation championship to the world’s biggest country,” said Les Harrison, president of the WCF.
“Chelyabinsk is ready to host this dual championship, which will feature in the neighborhood of 20 senior teams and almost 30 pairs for Mixed Doubles.
“We congratulate the bid committee, the city of Chelyabinsk and the Russian Curling Federation on their successful application.”
“With Russia hosting the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in the resort city of Sochi, the 2010 World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors will pave the way toward an increased profile of curling in Russia,” said Alexandra Ryzhkova, Organizing Committee representative.
“We look forward to welcoming the curling world next April.”
The Ice Palace, or “Ural Lightning” is named for legendary Russian speed skater Lidiya Skoblikova, winner of six Olympic gold medals in 1960 and 1964.
“Chelyabinsk possesses all the necessary infrastructure, sports facilities and extensive experience in hosting large sports competitions,” said Mikhail Yurevich, Head of Cheyabinsk City Administration.
“We are certain that the unique concept and conditions, organizational experience and support of the community will enable us to hold a spectacular event unprecedented in the level of organization.
“This will be a memorable Championship for all the participants and spectators for years to come.”
Russian curlers have captured two major championships, the 2006 World Junior Women’s title and the women’s crown at the 2006 Le Gruyere European Championship. Both teams were skipped by Liudmila Privivkova, the now-22-year-old from Moscow.