New Member Associations to take to the ice at World Mixed Doubles

  • Chinese Taipei competed in its first world event in October 2018 © WCF / Jeffrey Au

The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2019, being held in Stavanger, Norway, from 20-27 April, will be the biggest edition of this event to date.

Not only that, five Member Associations will compete in their first ever World Curling Federation event.

A total of 48 teams will take to the ice, at the Sørmarka Arena, with Kosovo, Mexico, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine all making debuts.

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    Nigeria will be the first ever African nation to step onto elite curling ice, in their country’s colours.

    Chinese Taipei has entered its very first mixed doubles pair. Chinese Taipei has competed in world events for the first time this season, at the World Mixed Curling Championship in Kelowna, Canada in October 2018, followed by the World Junior-B event in Lohja, Finland in January.

    In another first, Greece will make its world championship curling debut in Norway, having only ever competed in European events previously.

    World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “This is a historic moment for our sport. I am delighted to see emerging Member Associations taking a bold step and entering a world event.

    “Having 48 teams compete in what will be our last open entry World Mixed Doubles Championship is a fitting end to this chapter in mixed doubles history. The desire for teams to compete for a place in the new 20-team World Mixed Doubles championship is proof of the Olympic legacy.”

    In September 2018, the 61 Member Associations of the World Curling Federation voted to introduce a new 20-team World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and World Mixed Doubles Qualification Event from season 2019-2020 onwards.

    After mixed doubles’ success at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, in South Korea, improving the quality of competition in mixed doubles and the qualification process for the Games has become a priority.

    Mixed doubles will have ten competing Member Associations at the next Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China in 2022.

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