The World Curling Federation (WCF) has announced that Scotland will host four major international curling championships between 2016 and 2020.
First under the multi-year agreement is the 2016 European Curling Championships, which will take place at the Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire. The 2018 World Junior Curling Championships in Aberdeen and the 2019 World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Stirling follow before Glasgow’s SSE Hydro arena plays host to the WCF’s flagship World Men’s Curling Championship in 2020.
Great Britain’s men’s team claimed a silver medal at the Sochi 2014 winter Olympic Games to go alongside the women’s bronze. All 10 players from the British squads hailed from Scotland. Among an extensive catalogue of international events, Scotland last hosted the men’s world championship in 2000.
WCF president Kate Caithness said: “Securing all four locations is a massive boost to the sport, not only internationally but particularly within Scotland as they look to build on interest in curling generated around the time of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic winter Games. Following on from the double host awards to Esbjerg in Denmark and Lohja, Finland, this form of multiple event bidding is becoming increasingly popular amongst our member associations and is proving to be an attractive proposition for the World Curling Federation.”
Esbjerg will host the 2015 European Curling Championships and the 2019 World Women’s Curling Championship, while Lohja is to stage the World Wheelchair Curling qualification event next year and the 2016 World Junior-B Curling Championships. Additionally, the WCF has an ongoing agreement for the Canadian Curling Association to host the men’s and women’s Worlds in alternate years.