Ottawa to host men’s world curling championships in 2023

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After plans for Ottawa to host the World Men’s Curling Championships were thwarted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, the World Curling Federation announced Friday that the tournament will return to the nation’s capital in 2023.

The tournament will take place from April 1-9 at TD Place in Lansdowne Park, with tickets expected to go on sale in September.

The team that will represent Canada will be decided at the Tim Hortons Brier in London, Ontario in March.

Elaine Brimicombe, vice president of the Ottawa Host Committee, said in a press release Friday that an “incredible group of volunteers” in the Ottawa Valley are excited to get to work after the 2021 event moved to a bubble in Calgary.

“It was a huge disappointment when we couldn’t host in 2021, but we went back to work to prepare for today’s announcement,” Brimicombe said.

Katherine Henderson, CEO of Curling Canada, said Ottawa “made it very clear to us that while they understood the decision they had to make for the 2021 championship, they wanted this Men’s World Championship in their city as quickly as possible.”

Ottawa has hosted the Brier at TD Place four times in the past: 2016, 2001, 1993 and 1979. The Roar of the Rings, Canada’s Olympic curling trials, was also held in the city in 2017.

The men’s world championship was last held in Ontario in 1996, when Canadian Jeff Stoughton won gold in Hamilton. In 1986, Canadian Ed Lukowich won in Toronto, and in 1981, Swiss Jürg Tanner won in London.

This will be the 26th time Canada has hosted the championship. Canadian men’s teams have won 35 world championships since the event’s inception in 1959, most recently in 2017, with Brad Gushue’s track winning gold in Edmonton.



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