04 April 2001
Latvia new member of the WCF
A new nation, Latvia, was accepted as a new member today at the General Assembly of the World Curling Federation which took place at Mövenpick Hotel in Lausanne. Some more nations are negotiating about memberships of the WCF.
There were reports from venues that already have been appointed hosts for the World Championships. Bismarck, North Dakota, USA for 2002 and Gävle in Sweden for 2004. Roy Sinclair reported that Canada will host the 2003 Ford World Championships but the site will be decided by the Canadian Curling Association later this spring.
Regarding the World Junior Championships Mr. Sinclair reported that the event in Ogden earlier this season had been a success. That championship was also a test event for the 2002 Olympic Curling Games and a group from the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee, led by Aimee Preston, made a report about their preparation for the Olympic event in February 2002.
For the WJCC 2003 Roy Sinclair reported that the WCF had got a formal bid from Flims in Switzerland where the 1998 European Championships took place.
The World Junior B Championships, which is a qualifying event for the WJCC, will take place next season in Germany. The German Curling Association to determine the venue.
Roy Sinclair also reported that there had been negotiations with the national associations in Canada, USA and Scotland regarding Continental Cup, an event similar to Ryder Cup in golf. There will be a competition between North America vs the rest of the world. The first Continental Cup is supposed to take place in Canada in November 2002.
Curling will be represented as a demonstration sport at the World University Games in Tarvisio, Italy 15-26 of January 2003. If that event will be successful curling has a good chance to become an official medal sport at future University games.
After two years of very successful international events for wheelchair curlers in Switzerland the World Curling Federation has decided to approve the first official World Championships for wheelchair curlers to take place in 2002. The venue will be Sursee, Switzerland from 21 – 26 of January 2002. All players must be in wheelchairs and the teams must consist of at least one woman.
At the moment six countries have already expressed interest to participate at the first World Championships for wheelchair curlers, Switzerland, Sweden, Scotland, Denmark, Italy and France but also Australia, Bulgaria, Canada and Czech Republic might come with teams.
The WCF Executive Committee has also decided to start their own website. Earlier the WCF website was one of many different sports underneath the umbrella of Worldsport.com but since that portal went bankrupt there has not been any WCF website during this season.
Now the WCF has contracted a professional webmaster, Paul Ahlgren of Stockholm, Sweden. He was responsible for the website of the WJCC in Östersund, Sweden in 1999. From late August the new WCF website will be opened.
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