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World Curling Federation wants mixed doubles in Olympics


Dace Regza from Latvia in action against Germany during Le Gruyere European Curling Championship in Stavanger, Norway, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Carina Johansen, NTB Scanpix) NORWAY OUT


Curling officials want a mixed-gender event in the 2018 Olympics.

“Mixed doubles is part of our sport that has taken off around the world,” World Curling Federation president Kate Caithness said, according to The Associated Press.

Mixed doubles curling includes teams of one man and one woman, as opposed to the traditional four-person teams in the Olympic men’s and women’s events since 1998.

The federation has been working on developing mixed curling to meet International Olympic Committee requirements since a tentative bid in 2005 to include mixed doubles in the 2010 Olympics was rejected, according to the AP.

The World Mixed Doubles Championship debuted in 2008.

The IOC will decide on mixed curling’s fate for 2018 in 2015, according to the AP.

The 2014 Olympics will include mixed-gender relays for the first time in biathlon and luge as well as a mixed team event in figure skating. Previously, pairs figure skating and ice dancing were the only Winter Olympic medal events with men and women competing together.

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