Curling Canada has announced that four national championship curling events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cancellations include the 2022 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship, scheduled for Feb. 21 to 26 in Moose Jaw. The city is slated to host the event in 2023 and 2024.
“Obviously, it’s a disappointment, but we agreed that the risk factors related to safety and finances made this the right decision,” said Moose Gibson, Chair of the Moose Jaw Host Committee. “We’ll continue to work toward making the 2023 and 2024 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships exciting and successful, on and off the ice.”
Also cancelled are the 2022 U SPORTS Canadian University Championship and Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Championships from March 15 to 19 in Sudbury, Ontario and the 2022 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship from March 22 to 27 in Sudbury.
“These events are run by local host committees, who also assume much of the financial risk, so with the lack of clarity about how much revenue they could generate through attendance, and the obvious concerns related to the pandemic, it was determined in consultation with the host committees that we needed to cancel this year’s events,” said Katherine Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada.
“At the same time, we’re truly grateful that both Moose Jaw and Sudbury have graciously agreed to host these same events in 2023, so we can’t wait to see what both cities have in store next year.”