Query marks stay on Canadian curling scene forward of recent season and quadrennial


“However to a really massive diploma, I’m having issue getting my head round this complete factor as to what its objective is and to some extent what it’s satisfying.”

The developments come throughout a busy low season for Curling Canada, which is conducting a evaluation and seek for new high-performance management this summer time. Middling outcomes on the worldwide stage have put the strain on this system to rebound over the approaching four-year cycle.

It stays unclear if the Canada Cup will return later within the quadrennial. One of many predominant home occasions on the calendar and generally a qualifier for Canada’s Olympic Trials, it was not performed in 2020 or 2021 as a result of pandemic.

Kyle Jahns, Curling Canada’s communications and media relations supervisor, stated the Canada Cup gained’t be performed subsequent season and there was “no official dedication” for the occasion within the 2023-24 marketing campaign.

“There are nonetheless many elements taking part in into occasion supply which might be tied into Curling Canada’s enterprise operations and are nonetheless being decided as we enter a brand new quadrennial,” Jahns stated Thursday through e-mail.

Most of Canada’s elite groups just lately made roster modifications with a long-term eye on qualifying for the 2026 Milan Olympics.

Inner discussions have began concerning the trials qualification course of, Jahns stated, including the data can be available for groups and stakeholders in “due time for the upcoming quadrennial.”

In the meantime, the PointsBet Invitational, with attracts of 16 Canadian groups in each males’s and girls’s competitions, could have a March Insanity-style single-elimination format. It can showcase Curling Canada’s new partnership with PointsBet Canada and supply $50,000 apiece to the 2 successful groups.

Nevertheless, in an uncommon omission for a high-profile occasion on the Season of Champions calendar, broadcast plans weren’t introduced. Protection plans for rightsholder TSN/RDS are usually famous in bulletins for showcase competitions just like the Tim Hortons Brier or Scotties Match of Hearts.

A TSN spokesman stated through e-mail that manufacturing planning for the PointsBet Invitational was underway and particulars can be confirmed within the coming months.

In the meantime, the Continental Cup, a multi-discipline occasion that made its debut in 2002, was final performed in January 2020 when Group Europe beat Group Canada in London, Ont. Jahns stated extra data can be forthcoming on the standing of the occasion, with out revealing specifics.

Fredericton was set to host the 2020 Canada Cup and the 2022 Continental Cup however each occasions have been cancelled due to the pandemic. As an alternative town will get to host the PointsBet Invitational on the 1,500-seat Willie O’Ree Place.

In early October, the Sportsnet-owned Grand Slam of Curling circuit will kick off with the Enhance Nationwide in North Bay, Ont.

The brand new-look early-season schedule has additionally thrown a wrench into plans for mid-tier occasions just like the “Stu Sells Sequence,” which historically attracts some big-name groups for the reason that bonspiels function warm-ups forward of high-profile tour stops.

Occasion sponsor Stuart Sankey stated he needed to transfer the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard again per week when the Nationwide took the Thanksgiving lengthy weekend dates that he had used for the final decade.

He additionally ended up suspending the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard since he anticipated a lot of the prime groups to play the PointsBet Invitational that week as a substitute.

Sankey stated he has discovered that communication with the game’s powerbrokers has been scarce or non-existent.

“There must be a physique that simply type of co-ordinates all of it,” he stated from Toronto. “It will get to the purpose that you just’ve received extra bonspiels making an attempt to chase fewer groups.

“I believe now it’s attending to the purpose the place there’s an excessive amount of amount and never sufficient high quality.”

Additionally Thursday, the World Curling Federation welcomed 5 new inductees into the World Curling Corridor of Fame for 2022. They embrace Canadians Ian Tetley, Jan Betker, Joan McCusker and Marcia Gudereit together with New Zealand’s Peter Becker.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed June 23, 2022.

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Gregory Robust, The Canadian Press


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