The World Curling Federation (WCF) has announced that the Swedish city of Östersund will host two of its major events in April 2018.
Next year’s editions of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship (WMDCC) and the World Senior Curling Championships (WSCC) will be held at the Östersund Arena between April 21-28. The Östersund Arena comprises two large halls usually used for ice hockey and figure skating.
The event will be the first world championship held after mixed doubles curling makes its winter Olympic Games debut, in Pyeongchang, Korea, in February. Next year’s event will be the second time the championships will be held together in Sweden, after Karlstad was the host city in 2016. The city of Gävle previously held the world seniors in 2004.
WCF president Kate Caithness said: “We have partnered with the city of Östersund on a number of occasions now, with them having hosted the World Junior-B Curling Championships 2017 and the World Junior Curling Championships in 2012, 2008, and 1999. For that reason, I am certain they will prepare another first-class event for us in a very special year for mixed doubles curling.
“Mixed doubles curling will receive unprecedented exposure at the 2018 Olympic winter Games in Pyeongchang. This publicity will be a catalyst for the global growth and development of this already popular discipline.”
Next year will be the 11th edition of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship since its debut in 2008 in Vierumäki, Finland. The World Senior Curling Championships began in 2002 in Bismarck, USA.