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The Men’s Curling World Cup in Calgary ends amid COVID fear

CALGARY – Niklas Edin’s curling title for men in the fifth world was not only memorable because of the story the Swede made. That he and his teammates were able to play for a third crown in a row on a final Sunday – another curling record for men – ensured that both milestones were achieved even sweeter. Sweden doubled Scottish Bruce Mouat 10-5 in the championship game in Calgary. The 2021 Men’s Curling World Championship BKT Tires and OK Tire crossed the finish line late Sunday evening, despite four participants including an athlete from a playoff team testing positive for COVID-19. None showed symptoms of the coronavirus. No games were played on Saturday during the mass tests. Alberta Health agreed to resume the playoffs on Sunday. “Obviously great, super happy that we were able to continue playing,” said Edin. “It would have been so uncomfortable if the event had just ended and the medals went somewhere for a round robin.” That just wouldn’t have been fair. That wouldn’t have felt good. I’m really happy that we were able to play today. “Edin and his third Oscar Erikkson are the only two men to have won five world championships. Along with second Rasmus Wranaa and the leadership of Christoffer Sundgren, they were the first team to win three in a row. Canada’s only major sporting event since the outbreak of the global pandemic just over a year ago included the Junior Ice Hockey World Championship and NHL playoffs in Edmonton last year, as well as Calgary’s run of seven curling competitions, four of which are now complete. The final day of the men’s championship Athlete who started on Sunday had tested positive in an “exit” test to get out of the curling bladder. His subsequent test on Saturday was negative. The WCF First, the athlete was excluded from the competition on Sunday and then Admitted to the Ice His full vaccination prior to his arrival in Canada and the argument that he was low risk for teammates and opponents he figured s were the justifications the WCF made for reversing. WCF didn’t identify the player, but the United States skip John Shuster told CBC it was his third Chris Plys. Host broadcaster TSN refused to host a morning US-Switzerland playoff game, citing COVID concerns . TSN resumed reporting on the semi-finals and the medal games without cameramen at ice level. Curlers wore masks when they first competed in Calgary’s bladder. Sweepers pulled them away from their faces to catch their breath after brushing hard. The next three Calgary curling events will incorporate the same virus prevention protocols and restrictions set out in the first four. The first of two Grand Slams begins on Wednesday at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Center. While WCF and Curling Canada can hand over responsibility for the events to Rogers Sportsnet, athletes who continue to curl up in Calgary have cause for concern that the virus can invade their environment. The men’s, women’s and mixed doubles Canadian championship in front of the world During a media conference on Saturday, Curling Canada and WCF officials were visibly shaken by the emergence of the virus in the final stages of their event. The men were quarantined for a week and tested four times before being released for competition. The Swiss Peter de Cruz won the bronze medal in the 6-5 win against the Russian Sergey Glukhov on Sunday. Four teams from the world championship – Edin, Mouat, de Cruz and Canada’s Brendan Bottcher are fighting for a total of 560,000 US dollars in prize money at the Grand Slams, in which national and international top teams take part. Kerri Einarson, who will represent Canada at the Women’s World Cup in Calgary April 30th-May 9th, Calgary’s Curling Hub Chief Medical Officer believes that a COVID-free environment can be restored between competitions. “Our protocols were, in our opinion, adequate to maintain a safe environment,” said Dr. Bob McCormack. “We are also in liaison with Alberta Health to ensure we can restore a clean and safe competitive environment and a clean bubble so that this is not a problem for future events.” We are not a sport that plays a role. Collision sport, not profuse sweating and breathing in a confined space. “If things change, if the virus somehow gets into the bladder and we become aware of it, we have to deal with it.” This Canadian press report was first published on April 11, 2021. Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

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