A pair of events that will have significant ramifications in the qualifying process for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will be staged at a new-look curling facility in Ottawa, it was announced today by Curling Canada.
Five men’s and five women’s teams will compete for direct-entry berths into the Tim Hortons Curling Trials, presented by AGI, while eight teams of each gender will compete for direct-entry berths into the Home Hardware Curling Pre-Trials.
The Canadian Curling Trials Direct-Entry Event and Canadian Curling Pre-Trials Direct-Entry Event will run concurrently Sept. 22-26 at the RA Centre’s revamped Curling Centre of Excellence facility in Ottawa.
“These are new events that fit our mandate of trying to be as inclusive as possible for as many teams as possible to be part of the Olympic qualifying process as we come out of the pandemic,” said Curling Canada Chief Executive Officer Katherine Henderson. “These unique circumstances — especially still not knowing definitively how the competitive landscape will look in the fall — demanded a unique approach, and we believe it will, in the end, produce teams that are worthy of wearing the Maple Leaf in Beijing.”
Ottawa has hosted numerous major curling championships in recent years — most recently, the 2017 Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials and the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier.
“It is great news that Curling Canada has chosen Ottawa to host the Canadian Curling Direct Entry Event and Curling Canada Pre-Trials Direct Entry Event,” said Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa. “The Curling Centre of Excellence at the RA Centre will be the perfect venue to showcase some of the nation’s top curlers competing to represent Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.”
“Ottawa Tourism is very pleased that the new Curling Centre of Excellence at the RA Centre in Ottawa has been chosen to host these important curling events on the way to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games,” added Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “Ottawa is ready and willing to safely host these major events once again.”
For more information, and to see the teams participating, please visit the original article at Curling Canada’s website.