Lillehammer, Norway to host Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2020
The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2020 will be held in Lillehammer, Norway between 21–28 November 2020. This is the fourth time Norway has hosted the European Championships — after previous editions were held in Oslo in 1977; Lillehammer in 1990; and Stavanger in 2013 — and in recent years international curling returned to Norway with the Youth Olympic Games 2016 curling events taking place in Lillehammer, while the 2019 editions of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and World Senior Curling Championships were held in Stavanger.
World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness said: “We are delighted to be returning the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships to Lillehammer. It has been 30 years since these championships were last held in the city and it is fitting that they are taking place in Lillehammer’s Olympic Park.
“This is an important event in our season and will see our European teams earn qualification to our world championships, where they and our other elite teams from around the world, will compete for places at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. I am sure our friends at the Norwegian Curling Federation and the Lillehammer Curling Club will rise to the occasion and produce a first-class event for our athletes and spectators.”
The Le Gruyère AOP European Championships 2020 A-Division women’s and men’s competitions will be held in the Haakons Hall. This was built as the venue for the ice hockey finals during the Olympic Winter Games in 1994. It is Norway’s biggest venue for indoor sports with a spectator capacity of 10,000 people.
The B-Division women’s and men’s competitions will be held in the nearby Lillehammer Youth Hall. This is a modern venue which was built and used for ice hockey during the Youth Olympic Games in 2016.
Lillehammer Curling Club Chairman, Jostein Buraas said: “Lillehammer Curling Club is proud and honoured to be the local host for the Le Gruyère AOP European Championships in 2020. We want to say a huge thank you to the World Curling Federation for giving us this opportunity to host such a great event on Olympic soil in Lillehammer.
“Together with the Norwegian Curling Federation we are really looking forward to welcoming all of you in the European curling family to Lillehammer in November. Europe has been greatly affected by COVID-19 and we long to experience top international curling again. We will work actively to present a safe and attractive event for all of you in close co-operation with the health authorities.”
The World Curling Federation, The Norwegian Curling Federation and the Lillehammer Curling Club are monitoring the local and international health authority guidelines with regards to the ongoing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The championships are expected to go ahead without disruption; however, the health and safety of the athletes, spectators and event staff is of the utmost importance. Evaluations on the viability of running the championship will continue over the next few months as the global situation develops.
The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships are for women’s and men’s teams from the World Curling Federation’s European zone. These championships qualify teams for the World Curling Championships and World Qualification Event.
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