The World Curling Federation has taken the difficult decision to cancel the World Mixed Doubles Qualification Event 2020 due to the continuing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The World Mixed Doubles Qualification Event 2020 was scheduled to take place in Erzurum, Turkey in December 2020 and is the latest international curling event to be cancelled in the 2020–2021 season.
President of the World Curling Federation, Kate Caithness said: “We are very disappointed that we have been forced to cancel our last remaining championship of 2020. The Federation staff and the local organisers had worked tirelessly to put everything in place in the hope that this championship could go ahead, but with the resurgence in coronavirus cases around the world, which has caused further impact to international travel restrictions, that is no longer an option.
“The second half of our current season will feature vitally important events for Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games qualification, and I want the curling family to know that we are continuing to diligently work behind the scenes to ensure that international curling can return safely.”
With this event no longer taking place, the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2021 will feature those teams who had previously qualified for the cancelled World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2020.
The Federation is currently in discussion with the International Olympic Committee to evaluate the impact this cancellation will have on qualification for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 mixed doubles competition.
The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2021 is scheduled to take place from 24 April to 1 May 2021.