Due to the current situation caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the International Federations have concluded that an adapted sports testing programme will be implemented for Beijing 2022, replacing the scheduled series of test events.
World Curling Federation staff members were onsite in Beijing this week, working tirelessly alongside the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, in an attempt to find a means of holding the events in the first quarter of 2021. However, with the necessary ongoing restrictions, the practicalities of running effective test events while also providing a good athlete experience, was not deemed to be possible.
For the World Curling Federation, this change will unfortunately result in the cancellation of the World Junior Curling Championships 2021 (scheduled for 18–28 February 2021) and the postponement of the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2021 (scheduled for 6–13 March 2021).
The World Curling Federation are now in discussions with Beijing 2022 regarding the adapted sports testing programme in order to secure new dates for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2021 and complete the Paralympic qualification process.
President of The World Curling Federation, Kate Caithness said, “This has been a very difficult decision to make and we are extremely disappointed that we will be unable to hold two of our World Championships this season.
“Our Junior curlers will miss out on a wonderful opportunity to compete in the Olympic venue with the cancellation of our World Juniors Championships, while our Wheelchair athletes will hopefully be given the opportunity to compete for the World Wheelchair title and remaining Paralympic qualification points later in 2021.
“As we have said all along, the health and safety of our athletes, officials and staff is our primary concern. While we are disappointed that these Beijing 2022 test events cannot take place, with the challenges of international travel and the resurgence of COVID-19 around the world, this is the only decision that can be taken at this time.”