Canada’s Olympic Mixed Doubles Curling Trials Canceled Due to COVID-19

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – Canada’s Olympic Mixed Doubles Curling Trials have been canceled due to an increase in the number of athletes testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – Canada’s Olympic Mixed Doubles Curling Trials have been canceled due to an increase in the number of athletes testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The positive test rate along with “travel risks” caused the cancellation, Curling Canada said in a statement on Sunday.

Trials on 16 rinks to determine Canada’s mixed doubles team for the Beijing February Olympic Winter Games were scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

“The growing number of athletes linked to tests testing positive for COVID-19, as well as the increase in cases across Canada, made it impossible to organize the event in a safe and responsible manner for athletes, staff and volunteers, ”Curling Canada said in a statement.

“Unlike the Calgary bubble, which took months of preparation time and allowed athletes to self-isolate at home and get tested before they leave for events, the dramatic increase in positive cases is linked to the sudden emergence of the Omicron variant through Last week, Canada made these security measures unenforceable. “

The organization’s high performance staff will consult with the Canadian Olympic Committee and Own the Podium on how to name a mixed doubles team for China. Arrangements are underway for reimbursement of tickets.

In a tweet, curler Chelsea Carey said Curling Canada made the “right decision”, but called the decision an “absolute punch”.

“Insane time and money spent qualifying / preparing for this, all for nothing,” tweeted Carey, who was scheduled to participate in the trials alongside Colin Hodgson. “And curling isn’t the only sport affected… maybe it’s time to consider postponing the Olympics?”

Curling Canada said last week that the trials would be conducted with spectators limited to 50 percent of capacity at Stride Place and with athlete movement limited to their hotel room, arena and transportation to site.

Canada are the reigning Olympic mixed doubles champion, who made their 2018 debut in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes won the discipline’s first gold medal.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 26, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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