Coronavirus: Women’s world curling championships called off, sparking fears for men’s event in Glasgow

Eve Muirhead denied chance to lead Scotland in Canada

Eve Muirhead was due to lead Scotland at the world championships in Canada. Picture: © WCF / Celine Stucki
Eve Muirhead was due to lead Scotland at the world championships in Canada. Picture: © WCF / Celine Stucki

The men’s world curling championships in Glasgow, due to begin later this month, now look likely to be cancelled after the women’s tournament was called off last night on the eve of the event.

The threat of the coronavirus forced the hand of World Curling following talks with Canadian government officials.

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Former champion Eve Muirhead was due to lead Scotland’s challenge in the championships which were scheduled to begin on Saturday in Prince George, British Columbia.

World Curling Federation president Kate Caithness said: “It’s with regret we’re announcing it is no longer possible to run this world championship.

“However, the safety of our athletes, officials, staff and supporters is paramount which we cannot guarantee with the fast-evolving nature of this worldwide situation.

“My thanks go to Curling Canada, the Local Organising Committee, the City of Prince George and Northern Health for their prudent advice and input in taking this decision. Finally, my deepest appreciation to our athletes, officials and staff, and to curling supporters around the world for your patience and understanding in this matter.”

The governing body confirmed a decision will be made next week on the men’s worlds which are due to start at the Emirates Arena on March 28.

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