Curling Canada has announced the cancellation of six more curling championships events that were planned for the next year due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Curling Canada’s press release on Thursday, the events including the Continental Cup, the New Holland Canadian Junior, the Canadian Under-18 Championships, Under-21 championships, the Canadian Under 15 RockFest, the Wheelchair Championship, and the Collegiate Athletic Association championships, have all been cancelled and won’t be rescheduled to be held later in the season.
The organization said that the decision to cancel those events was made with the aim of ensuring the safety of the participants, fans, volunteers. Other reasons include the travel restrictions and the cost of running the events with the restrictions that are caused by the world health crisis.
The chief executive officer of Curling Canada, Katherine Henderson, said in a statement that they considered all options, but in the end, they had to make the responsible decision for the athletes, for the volunteers, and for the organization, to guarantee the safety of those involved in the events as well as the viability of the sport in the whole country.
The organization added that a significant reason to cancel the Continental Cup was because of the fact that international teams might have not been able to participate.
Championships scheduled in the 2020-2021 season consisting of the Tim Hortons Brier Canadian men’s championship in Kelowna, B.C., the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s championship in Thunder Bay, Ont., the World Men’s Curling Championship in Ottawa (remaining on the schedule), the Home Hardware Canada Cup in Fredericton, N.B., and the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship (remaining scheduled to go forward).
Sportsnet has also already trimmed its six-stop Grand Slam of Curling circuit to two events this season due to the deadly virus.