World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2018 to return to Sweden

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The 2018 editions of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship (WMDCC) and the World Senior Curling Championships (WSCC) will be held in Oestersund Sweden, between 21-28 April 2018.

The mixed doubles and seniors will both be held in the Östersund Arena. The Östersund Arena was opened in December 2013. It hosts two large halls usually used for ice-hockey and figure skating.

This will be the first world championship held after mixed doubles curling makes its Olympic Winter Games debut, in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, in February 2018. This will be the second time these championships will be held together in Sweden, after Karlstad was the host city in 2016. The city of Gavle previously held the world seniors in 2004.

World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “I am delighted to announce that we will be returning to Sweden for the World Mixed Doubles and Senior Curling Championships in 2018.

“We have partnered with the city of Oestersund on a number of occasions now, with them having hosted the World Junior-B Curling Championships 2017 and the World Junior Curling Championships in 2012, 2008, and 1999. For that reason, I am certain they will prepare another first-class event for us in a very special year for mixed doubles curling.

“Mixed doubles curling will receive unprecedented exposure at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. This publicity will be a catalyst for the global growth and development of this already popular discipline.”

These championships are open entry events for all World Curling Federation Member Associations and they regularly have around 40 teams participating. 2018 will be the 11th edition of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, since its debut in 2008 in Vierumäki, Finland. The World Senior Curling Championships, began in 2002 in Bismarck, USA.

Rickard Hallstrom, President of the Local Organising Committee, said: “We are delighted to welcome the curling-family of the world back to our city for the fifth time. This time, after four junior championships, we take a step forward by hosting two world championships, at the same time, in our new Östersund Arena.

We hope that playing the championships in the same arena will create an event with excellent sports and a warm atmosphere – giving all curlers, as we always do, more than they expect.”

To follow the build up to WMDCC 2018 and WSCC 2018 follow the World Curling Federation on Twitter, Instagram (@worldcurling) and Facebook (/WorldCurlingFederation) and use the hashtags: #WMDCC2018 #WSCC2018 #curling

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