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WORLD CURLING NEWS USA’s Welling elected to WCF director position By World Curling Federation staff

Doubles Curling Championship aſter an emer- gency motion was made by the representatives at the Annual General Assembly in Budapest, Hungary. Tis event will change from an open entry


format to a 20-team world championship and a separate open entry World Challenge from the 2019-20 season. For the 2020 Worlds 16 teams will qualify from the previous year’s competition and the remaining four teams will qualify from the World Challenge. In addition, World Curling Federation Presi-

dent Kate Caithness has begun her third, four- year term in office aſter representatives from the organization’s 60 member associations voted unanimously for her unopposed bid. In a second election, United States representative Beau Well- ing became a board director, replacing the retir- ing Andy Anderson, also of the U.S. Te first African member association was vot-

ed in as a provisional member. Nigeria will be- come a part of the Pacific-Asia zone, meaning the name for this zone will be changed in the future. Tis takes the total number of member associa- tions to 61. Caithness said: “Tis has been another pro-

ductive Congress, in Budapest. My thanks go to the Hungarian Curling Association who put on a first-class gathering and who have welcomed us warmly the past few days. “Tis has been a particularly special Congress

and Annual General Assembly for me, as I be- gin my third term in office. Dedicated curling

// CERTIFICATIONS Level I Official

Lisa Tamura, Evergreen Curling Club David Wolf, Brainerd Lakes Curling Club Michael Dobbs, Potomac Curling Club Scott Klingensmith, Eau Claire Curling Club

Peter Sylvain, Detroit Curling Club Level II Official

David Bueermann, Evergreen Curling Club Michael LeVeck, Dallas-Fort Worth CC Scott Klingensmith, Eau Claire Curling Club

Peter Sylvain, Detroit Curling Club Wheelchair Instructor

Steve O’Keefe, Wausau Curling Center Tomas Merrett, Coyotes Curling Club

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he Members Associations of the World Curling Federation have voted to change the format of the World Mixed

facilities have always been and will con- tinue to be my priority. How- ever, knowing how quickly the last eight years have passed, I must look to the future regard- ing succession planning to ensure when it is time for me to hand over the baton, the knowl- edge and experience I have gained during my terms in office will be passed on to my successor. “I am also delighted to welcome Beau Welling

Beau Welling

onto the Board - he will bring a wealth of knowl- edge to this position – and a warm welcome to Nigeria, our 61st Member Association and very

first African Member.” Future venues

During the Annual General Assembly, two fu-

ture competition venues were announced and a statement was made that no further action will be taken on curlers implicated in the McLaren Reports, published in July and December 2016, because insufficient evidence was found to bring an anti-doping rule violation. Te two future venues are the Naseby Curl-

ing Rink in Naseby, New Zealand, for the World Qualification Event, to be played between Jan. 18-23 and the European C-Division Curling Championships at the Brasov Olympic Ice Rink, in Brasov, Romania, April 13-17. Tis will be Ro-


mania’s first international curling event. Rule clarifications

Te bulk of votes on the day were related to

rule changes and clarifications including: • Te Americas Challenge now being played in October/November rather than in January;

• Te number of teams to compete at the Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 increasing from 16 to 24 for the mixed team event. Te assorted National Olym- pic Committee mixed doubles competi- tion, will remain too, with 48 teams com- peting;

• How teams will qualify for the new World Qualification Event (WQE):

1. Te two highest ranked teams at the Pa- cific-Asia Curling Championships that have not qualified for the Worlds will se- cure places at the WQE.

2. One team from the Americas zone will get a WQE place aſter the Americas Chal- lenge is played.

3. Four teams will get WQE places from the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships – the winner and run- ner-up from the B-Division and the two highest ranked teams in the A-Division that have not qualified for the Worlds.

• Te standardization of delivery sticks used in wheelchair curling, with athletes having to conform to a Wheelchair Curl- ing Policy.

More details can be downloaded at http:// Te eighth Annual World Curling Congress will take place Sept. 4-6, 2019, in Cancun, Mexico. Q

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