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World Mixed Curling Championship set to return to Switzerland

The World Curling Federation’s (WCF) Mixed Curling Championship is set to return to Switzerland next year, while Andorra has been awarded hosting rights to its first international event.

The WCF held its annual general assembly in the Swedish capital of Stockholm on Saturday and announced that the 2017 World Mixed Curling Championship will be held at the Palladium de Champéry in Champéry, Switzerland, from October 6-14 next year.

The inaugural edition of the championship was held in September 2015 in Berne, Switzerland, with the hosting rights to this year’s event having been awarded to the Russian city of Kazan in October 2015.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) earlier this year requested that all international Olympic winter sports federations freeze their preparations for major events in Russia and look for alternative organisers.

The request was made following the McLaren Investigation Report, which revealed evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi. However, it is understood not to apply to events that have already been awarded, with Kazan’s World Mixed Curling Championship still set to take place from October 15-22.

Meanwhile, the Andorra Curling Association will host its first international curling championship from May 6-13, 2017 in the shape of the European Curling Championships C-Division.

In other news, the WCF Executive Board has accepted Guyana and Mexico as conditional members, which takes the total number of member associations to 56.