World Curling Federation cancels 2020 World Mixed Curling Championship

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The World Curling Federation has cancelled the 2020 World Mixed Curling Championship in Aberdeen, Scotland, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event had been scheduled to take place at Curl Aberdeen from October 1-17 as the first event in a three-year hosting partnership. The federation said this partnership had now been reduced to a two-year agreement covering the 2021 and 2022 events.

World Curling president Kate Caithness said: “It’s with regret that we are announcing it is no longer possible to run the World Mixed Curling Championship 2020.

“Unfortunately, with the continuing spread of the virus and the restrictions it has placed on international travel, safely bringing athletes and staff to the championship is simply not feasible at this time.”

Curl Aberdeen manager and 2014 Olympic silver medallist, Tom Brewster, added: “We are disappointed that we are unable to welcome the curling family to Aberdeen in 2020.

“With quarantine restrictions still in place it is simply too early in the curling season for us to host the championship. Instead we now look forward to welcoming everyone to Curl Aberdeen for the World Mixed Curling Championship 2021.”

The federation said it would continue to monitor the impact of Covid-19 and would make further announcements on the viability of upcoming championships in due course.

The sport of curling is popular in Scotland having been played in the country as far back as the sixteenth century. The WCF’s headquarters is based in Perth, Scotland.

In other news, the federation recently agreed a two-year extension to its contract with iX.co, the digital arm of media and marketing partner the Infront agency, with the target of further enhancing its output in China ahead of the 2022 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The WCF first joined forces with iX.co in August 2019 as it launched its first social media channel on Chinese platform Sina Weibo.

The Sina Weibo channel is now the federation’s fastest growing and most subscribed channel with almost 95,000 followers since its launch.

The new contract with iX.co will run through to the summer of 2022 and with Beijing hosting that year’s winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, WCF said it will aim to continue the growth of its Sina Weibo channel while also providing additional content developed specifically for Chinese audiences.