Team Brown of Kamloops will not be competing for a shot at the world championship at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, which is scheduled to get underway on Feb. 19 in Calgary.
The World Women’s Curling Championship, which was scheduled to begin on March 19 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, was cancelled on Monday, with Swiss health authorities opting not to support the event amid the pandemic.
“While the winner of the 2021 Scotties won’t play at the World Women’s Championship in Switzerland, the winning team will factor into Canada’s efforts to qualify a four-player women’s team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing,” reads a Curling Canada press release. “The top six finishing countries at the World Women’s Championship were to have qualified for Beijing. The WCF is expected to announce its revamped Olympic qualifying plans at a later date.”
The Canadian women’s curling championship will be held inside the Calgary curling bubble, along with the Tim Hortons Brier, Home Hardware Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship, BKT Tires/OK Tire World Men’s Curling Championship and two Grand Slam of Curling events.
“We’ve been in constant communication with Alberta Health, as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada, and our testing and enforcement protocols are backed by medical professionals, so we have every confidence that fans will be able see our sport’s best players perform in Calgary in an environment that is safe for athletes, officials and, especially, the host city of Calgary,” said Katherine Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada.
“We respect the decision of the World Curling Federation, and we will await further direction with respect to the cancellation of the event in Switzerland.”