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Chinese Taipei competed in its first world event in October 2018. © WCF / Jeffrey Au

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Saudi Arabia to make curling debut in mixed doubles world championship

Date : 13 Feb 2019

Perth, Scotland, February 13, 2019: The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2019, being held in Stavanger, Norway from April 20-27, will be the biggest edition of this event to date. Not only that, five Member Associations will compete in their first ever World Curling Federation event.

A total of 48 teams will take to the ice, at the Sørmarka Arena, with Kosovo, Mexico, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine all making debuts.

Chinese Taipei has entered its very first mixed doubles pair. Chinese Taipei has competed in world events for the first time this season, at the World Mixed Curling Championship in Kelowna, Canada in October 2018 followed by the World Junior B event in Lohja, Finland in January.

WCF President Kate Caithness said: “This is a historic moment for our sport. I am delighted to see emerging Member Associations taking a bold step and entering a world event.

“Having 48 teams compete in what will be our last open entry World Mixed Doubles Championship is a fitting end to this chapter in mixed doubles history. The desire for teams to compete for a place in the new 20-team World Mixed Doubles championship is proof of the Olympic legacy.”

In September 2018, the 61 Member Associations of the World Curling Federation voted to introduce a new 20-team World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and World Mixed Doubles Qualification Event from season 2019-2020 onwards.

Mixed doubles will have ten competing Member Associations at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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