European Curling Championships return to Sweden

Helsingborg in Sweden has been assigned hosting rights for the 2019 European Curling Championships.

The event will take place from November 15-23 next year, with the European A-Division competition, which will be contested by 10 women’s and men’s teams, to take place in The Olympia Rink. The B-Division, for 10 women’s and 16 men’s teams, will be staged in the same venue, in the B Hall.

Next year’s event will mark the fifth time that the Swedish Curling Association has hosted a European Curling Championships, after Karlstad (2012), Ornskoldsvik (2008), Sundsvall (1994) and Vastaraes (1983). Sweden will also host the third leg of the new Curling World Cup next year, when Jonkoping plays host from January 30 to February 3.

World Curling Federation president Kate Caithness said: “Swedish Curling are a prominent force on the international stage at the moment, with their women’s team skipped by Anna Hasselborg Olympic champions and the men’s team by Niklas Edin the current world champions.

“We greatly appreciate the energy and investment the Swedish Curling Association put into our sport and I have no doubt that this festival of curling – which will feature 46 teams from across Europe – will be a great event.”

This year’s European Curling Championships will take place in the Estonian capital of Tallinn from November 16-24. Last year’s event was held in St Gallen, Switzerland.