Team Germany medically cleared to compete at World Women’s Championship

After an investigation and additional testing — including testing for variants of concern — it has been determined that the individuals from Team Germany who have consistently returned negative COVID-19 results will now be allowed to compete at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2021.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Yuhao Shi, said: “We have been working closely with Alberta public health officials to ensure that we are able to proceed safely. We are reassured by the multiple negative results, and we are confident that with enhanced testing and close monitoring, there will be no significant risk to the other competitors.”

The individuals who returned positive results from their initial tests will remain in isolation and will continue to be medically managed by the competition medical officials.

Team Germany will begin their championship tomorrow morning at 09:00 Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), which is Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) -7 hours, where they will face RCF.

The competing members of Team Germany will undergo rapid testing every morning two hours prior to the first session of the day, followed immediately by a PCR test.

In the situation where the rapid testing returns a positive result, all Germany games for that day will be postponed while awaiting the confirmatory results from their PCR test. The impact of postponed games on the competition schedule will be evaluated.

Team Germany will compete in the championship with three players as the athletes who returned a positive result will remain in isolation as it has been determined that this situation qualifies as an “extenuating circumstance” under Rule C2(k) of the Rules of Curling and Rules of Competition, which states:

A team must start a competition with four players (two for Mixed Doubles) delivering stones. A team will forfeit each game at the start of the competition, until it can start a game with four qualified players. In extenuating circumstances, and with approval from a panel of three persons (WCF Director of Competitions or Representative, event Technical Delegate, event Chief Umpire) a team may be allowed to start a competition with three players. If required, an appeal would be heard by the WCF President or his/her representative.

The health and safety of our athletes, officials, staff and the community at large are always our primary concern. The World Curling Federation and Curling Canada have robust health and safety protocols in place under the guidance of the federal, provincial and local public health officials that will continue to be followed during this championship.

Calgary, Canada

30 April 2021