Curling showpiece to return to Canada

The Continental Cup, an event regarded as curling’s version of golf’s Ryder Cup, will return to Canada in 2018 with the announcement that London, Ontario has secured hosting rights.

The past two editions of the annual event, which pits Team North America against Team World, have been held in the US city of Las Vegas. However, The Sports Centre at London’s Western Fair District will host next year’s event from January 11-14, giving fans an advance look at many of the teams that will be competing at the 2018 winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

London Mayor Matt Brown said: “This will be a huge event for our downtown and for curling fans across the region. This is one more opportunity for us to demonstrate that we are a sports city.”

The Continental Cup includes three men’s and women’s teams on each side competing across three forms of competition – traditional team games, mixed doubles and skins games. Point values are assigned to each match, with a total of 60 points available, meaning the first side to hit 30.5 points wins the Continental Cup.

Team North America is currently on a streak of five straight wins, including the 2017 event held last month in Las Vegas.