The World Curling Federation (WCF) has awarded its 2019 World Men’s Championship to the Canadian city of Lethbridge.
The announcement is part of a long-running hosting pact between the WCF and Curling Canada, with next year’s event to be held at the Enmax Centre in the Alberta city from March 30 to April 7.
It will be Lethbridge’s third opportunity in seven years to have world champions crowned in the city. In 2012, it was the World Women's Championship that was played at the Enmax Centre and 11 months ago, the World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Curling Championships were played at the ATB Centre.
The announcement also marks a return trip to Alberta for the World Men's Championship, after its 2017 edition was played at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. Next year’s event will be the fourth time the World Men's Championship has been played in the province of Alberta. In addition to 2017, Edmonton also hosted in 2007, while Calgary staged the 1964 Championship. This year’s event is scheduled for the US city of Las Vegas from March 31 to April 8.
Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman said: “Our city is delighted that we have been chosen to host this tournament that will welcome world-class curlers from around the globe. We look forward to the opportunity to showcase Lethbridge to the world. This is another opportunity to demonstrate our community's ability to host major international events.”
A total of 13 member associations will compete in Lethbridge – the second year of a 13-team format. In September, the WCF and Curling Canada extended through to 2019-20 a working partnership, in place since 2005, that sees Canada play host to either the World Men’s or World Women’s Curling Championship on an annual basis.