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COVID-19 cancels International curling event in Richmond

By Don Fennell

Published 11:49 PDT, Fri March 13, 2020

Last Updated: 1:58 PDT, Tue March 31, 2020

Another popular sports event, planned for April in Richmond, has been cancelled because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The 21st Pacific International Cup, an annual curling event drawing recreation curlers from around the world, was scheduled to be held at the Richmond Curling Club from April 15 to 19. Organizers look forward to being able to welcome curlers back in 2021 after the health crisis has passed, says PIC chair Jim Schuman.

Schuman said it was after careful consultation with local and provincial health authorities, and the curling governing bodies, organizers determined it was in the best interest of all to cancel the 2020 event.

“The decision was the most difficult we have had to make in our 21-year history, but the health and well-being of our participants, volunteers, the host club staff and our guests remains the top priority,” he explained.

News that this year’s PIC event is a no-go coincides with the cancellation of the women’s world curling championships, which were scheduled to begin this weekend in Prince George.

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