WCF News

After a somewhat quiet summer, there is much to report from the World Curling Federation.

First of all, the latest Newsletter (August) is now available to read online and features news from the WCF summer camps, more about the mining taking place on Ailsa Craig and other news from our sport’s governing body. Have a read here.

It will be a big season for the WCF given that the Winter Olympics are now just months away. Well, we can now start planning our viewing a little more now that the playing schedules for both the Olympics and Paralympics have been released.

Team GB’s men begin against Russia on the morning of 10 February 2014 while Eve Muirhead and her women’s team face Sweden later that day. The full schedule is here.

Paralympic Team GB meanwhile begin their campaign with a big one against Canada on 8 March 2014 – their full list of games is here.

The WCF’s Annual Review for 2012-13 is now available to read. Beautifully presented, it runs to 28 pages so maybe save it for when you have some time to spare. You can find it here.

The WCF recently held its second annual World Curling Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark from 30 August to 3 September and it wasn’t without some interesting developments.

Firstly, the six members of the newly-formed Athlete Commission met for the first time – Scotland’s Michael McCreadie was one of the six and you can find out more about the group here. It’s great to see our sport’s governing body getting athletes involved and letting them give feedback that can, hopefully, benefit those who play. It was also the first opportunity for the Competitions & Rules Commission to meet.

The really interesting decisions took place during the Annual General Assembly…

  • A new constitutional structure is to be put in place for the WCF which means a reformed Executive Board. There will be a president, three zonal vice-presidents (Americas, European and Pacific-Asia) and four directors.
  • The 2015 World Women’s Curling Championship is to be hosted by Sapporo, Japan. The city held the 1972 Winter Olympics although these games did not feature curling.
  • Bulgaria has been re-instated as a member of the WCF but Armenia remain suspended.
  • WCF members voted to accept three new provisional Member Associations: Israel, Georgia and Ukraine.

So 50 curling nations is looking like becoming 53 as our sport continues to grow throughout the world. It’s ‘welcome’ to Georgia but ‘welcome-back’ for the other two…

Israel was previously a member of the WCF from 1999 to 2008 while Ukraine was also a member from 2003 to 2007.

Given Ukraine’s sporting pedigree I am surprised that they haven’t been regular members of the WCF.

They share a border with seven other countries, six of whom curl and they are the largest country wholly in Europe. Can you tell I’ve been doing my research?

Keep an eye out for how this trio of members get on in the future.

Next year’s congress takes place in Reno, Nevada, USA.

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