Two optimistic COVID-19 circumstances have been recognized forward of the upcoming LGT world girls’s curling championship, the seventh and last competitors to be held in a so-called bubble setting on the Markin MacPhail Centre.
The World Curling Federation mentioned the preliminary optimistic outcome was found in day-zero testing throughout a pre-competition quarantine interval final Friday. The second optimistic case was recognized throughout the identical workforce after enhanced testing protocols on Sunday.
“The protocols that have been developed for this championship, with steerage from Alberta Well being, labored precisely as designed,” mentioned Dr. Bob McCormack, the occasion medical director.
“The screening recognized people who’ve examined optimistic previous to their entry into the competitors bubble, and I’m assured of our means to manage the state of affairs to make sure the protection of everybody taking part on this planet championship in addition to the local people.”
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The WCF mentioned all different checks since groups arrived in Calgary have returned detrimental outcomes. The WCF, Curling Canada and Alberta Well being are actually following a COVID-19 response plan.
There was no quick phrase on which workforce was affected. The ten-day competitors is scheduled to start Friday.
Kerri Einarson’s Manitoba-based workforce will symbolize Canada. The 14-team world championship serves as the principle Olympic qualifier for the 2022 Beijing Video games.
Einarson is coming off a victory in Sunday’s last on the Princess Auto Gamers’ Championship, one in all two Grand Slam occasions that have been held within the bubble this month. Groups that performed within the Grand Slams are staying in a distinct lodge than groups that lately arrived for the world championship.
All latest arrivals to Calgary have been remoted in a pre-competition quarantine lodge, the WCF mentioned Monday in a information launch. They are going to stay there whereas protocols outlined within the response plan are adopted.
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Current protocols developed with the general public well being authority will now function enhanced testing to find out the secure return to sport for the present members of the impacted workforce, the WCF mentioned.
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Medical officers, in session with Alberta Well being, will make the ultimate resolution on the workforce’s participation earlier than the beginning of round-robin play.
Becoming a member of Canada within the discipline are groups from China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and america.
Canada is scheduled to open towards Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg on Friday evening.
Alberta Well being and the Public Well being Company of Canada accepted Curling Canada’s plan to host occasions in a managed atmosphere with out spectators.
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The primary three competitions went off largely with no hitch, however there was a COVID-19 scare on the world males’s curling championship earlier this month. 4 optimistic checks have been later deemed to be “false positives” and the playoffs resumed after a one-day delay.
There have been no COVID-19 points throughout the Grand Slams, that are owned and operated by Sportsnet.
For its bubble plan, Curling Canada adopted many parts from Hockey Canada’s operation of the world junior males’s hockey championship in Edmonton from Dec. 25 to Jan. 5.
Worldwide groups didn’t arrive in Canada by constitution flights because the hockey gamers did, however flew commercially. A detrimental take a look at taken lower than 72 hours earlier than travelling to Calgary was required.
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Upon arrival, athletes and workforce personnel should start a week-long “managed quarantine protocol” with 4 separate checks taken throughout that span earlier than curlers could be cleared to compete.
Groups are confined to the sector and their lodge throughout the Trans-Canada Freeway, and drive themselves forwards and backwards. Masks are necessary exterior lodge rooms and off the sector of play.
Einarson and teammates Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Meilleur have been scheduled to carry a pre-competition convention name Monday afternoon. That availability was postponed till Tuesday.
In February, the workforce gained the primary occasion within the bubble _ the Canadian girls’s curling championship _ for the second yr in a row.
Einarson would have represented Canada ultimately yr’s world championship, however the occasion was cancelled as a result of pandemic.
The 2021 world girls’s playdowns have been a late addition to the curling bubble calendar. The occasion was initially scheduled for late March in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
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