World champs in women’s curling canceled for 2nd year in row

<p>GENEVA &mdash; The world championship in women’s curling were canceled for the second straight year on Monday, disrupting qualification for the 2022 Beijing Olympics.</p>
<p>The World Curling governing body said local health officials in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, would not support the March 19-28 event “due to the current pandemic situation and concerns around the spread of new variants.”</p>
<p>The 2020 women’s worlds in Canada were also canceled.</p>
<p>“We will be evaluating all the options available to us in order to complete the Olympic women’s team qualification process,” World Curling president Kate Caithness said.</p>
<p>The 2021 worlds could be rescheduled or replaced with an Olympic qualification event.</p>
<p>The men’s worlds is still set to be played from April 2-11 in Calgary, Canada.</p>
<p>Curling follows men’s ice hockey and road cycling with world championships canceled in Switzerland since the coronavirus pandemic was declared last March.</p>
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