Following Curling Canada’s earlier announcement concerning the expansion of the Canadian Mixed Doubles pool (see press release below), our province might very well be represented by two teams this year! Team Desjardins/Desjardins is now also invited to enter the Calgary bubble, according to Curling Canada’s selection criteria (see below). Team Desjardins/Desjardins might therefore join Team St-Georges/Asselin (Team Bobébé) at the championship. More details will follow in the coming days; keep an eye on this space for the official confirmation surrounding Team Desjardins’ participation.
- Champions will represent Canada at the 2021 World Mixed Doubles Championship (dates, location, to be confirmed by the World Curling Federation).
- There, seven of the 10 countries that will qualify to send teams to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will be determined, making it the most important international mixed doubles event of this quadrennial, outside of the Olympics themselves.
- The 35 teams will be determined by the following criteria:
- 14 provincial/territorial championship teams.
- 14 teams from the Canadian Mixed Doubles Rankings based on results between March 15, 2019, and March 15, 2020 (teams must have played a minimum of two mixed doubles events during the season).
- Seven teams who were unable to compete this season due to the Covid-19 pandemic but had committed to play Mixed Doubles together. Rankings are based on each player’s best 3 CTRS point events from the 2019/2020 season combined with their partners. All players must be part of Curling Canada’s National Team program.
- The 35 teams will be split into five pools of seven for round-robin play. From there, 12 teams will advance to the playoffs.
- Qualifying teams are being notified this week, and the field will be announced at a later date once teams have formally confirmed their participation.