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World women’s curling championship canceled; other curling worlds being evaluated

World Women's Curling Championship - Day Four

RIGA, LATVIA - MARCH 19: A detailed view as Lisa Weagle of Canada throws the stone and holds her broom in the match between Canada and Sweden on Day 4 of the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship at the Volvo Sports Centre on March 19, 2013 in Riga, Latvia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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The world women’s curling championship tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus on Thursday, two days before it was to begin in British Columbia.

The decision was made after a recommendation by the province’s health officer.

“Also, the decision was taken considering other major sporting events that have been cancelled in the past 24 hours, and various national travel restrictions that are coming into force around the world,” according to a World Curling press release.

“There is an ongoing evaluation” into the men’s world championships (March 28-April 5 in Glasgow) and mixed doubles worlds (April 18-25), according to World Curling. Those, plus the world men’s hockey championship in May, are the lone remaining Winter Olympic sports world championships this season.

World championships were previously canceled or postponed for figure skating, women’s hockey and short track speed skating.

The U.S. women’s team that was entered for worlds included PyeongChang Olympians Tabitha Peterson, Becca Hamilton and Aileen Geving.

PyeongChang Olympic champions John Shuster, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner are on the U.S. team entered for men’s worlds. Peterson and PyeongChang Olympic alternate Joe Polo are the U.S.’ mixed doubles team.

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