Ottawa has been named the location of the 2021 males’s world curling championship, the primary time the town has performed host to the occasion and one which has main significance for Olympic participation in Beijing 2022.
On Tuesday, the World Curling Federation named TD Place Enviornment as the location of subsequent 12 months’s occasion, scheduled to run April 3-11. This 12 months’s match was to have taken place in Glasgow, Scotland in March however was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m delighted to substantiate that the world males’s curling championship 2021 shall be held in Ottawa, Ont. throughout this upcoming season,” Kate Caithness, WCF president, stated in a launch.
WCF officers say they’re optimistic the occasion will happen regardless of the pandemic and that they may be capable to “maintain the championship with followers within the stands as regular.
“Nonetheless, the well being and security of our athletes, followers and workers is all the time our prime precedence, so we are going to proceed to intently monitor the varied authorities and well being authority tips, each in Canada and internationally, to make sure it’s secure to take action,” the WCF wrote in an electronic mail to CBC Sports activities.
High 6 groups earn Olympic spots
Canadian males have received the world title a document 36 occasions — Sweden is second with 9 titles.
Whereas it is the primary time Ottawa is internet hosting a world championship, Ontario has hosted three earlier males’s championships — London, 1981; Toronto, 1986; Hamilton, 1996. TD Place Enviornment, with capability for 8,200 for curling, beforehand performed host to the 2016 Brier.
Beneath regular circumstances, a world curling championship is essential in gaining qualifying factors to earn a spot on the Olympics. Olympic qualification factors collected from the 2 world championships main into the Olympics in Beijing 2022 have been going to initially decide what nations would qualify for the Video games.
However as a result of this 12 months’s occasion was cancelled, the WCF made the choice to make subsequent 12 months’s match an important occasion in qualifying for Beijing – the highest six groups in Ottawa will earn direct entry with a last-chance qualifier to be scheduled for later in 2021.
“With Olympic qualification factors on the road, this championship shall be vitally vital and I’m sure that Ottawa will host a firstclass occasion,” Caithness stated.
That quantity will enhance to seven if China fails to complete within the prime six, as they may then be assigned the allotted host nation place.
“That places loads of stress on the staff that goes subsequent 12 months,” stated Canada’s Brad Gushue, who received gold in Turin in 2006. “I do not know if our course of goes to alter however from an affiliation standpoint, and as curling fan in Canada, you wish to be sure to have your greatest groups representing you.”
Gushue’s Newfoundland and Labrador rink received their third Brier title prior to now 4 years in March and had earned the proper to signify Canada at this 12 months’s worlds. Gushue, who turned 40 on Tuesday, lamented that missed likelihood once they have been cancelled.
“At this level in my profession … I do not know what number of extra alternatives I will get. You are feeling such as you’re cheated a bit of bit,” Gushue instructed CBC Sports activities in April.
Gushue has stated beforehand he enjoys enjoying worldwide occasions in Canada as a result of he says the ice situations are higher than in different components of the world. After successful his first world title in 2017 in Edmonton, Gushue was defeated by Sweden within the last of the 2018 worlds the place the ice situations deteriorated within the desert warmth.
With curling occasions being cancelled into October, there’s some mounting concern from each curlers and Curling Canada relating to how the season may look.
Curling Canada officers have instructed CBC Sports activities they’re trying into quite a lot of eventualities relating to how the season may look, together with the Brier and crowning a Canadian consultant for worlds.