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Canadian curling championships adding wild-card team

A 16th group has been combined to subsequent year’s Canadian men’s and women’s curling championships, and it will have to win a approach in around a wild-card game.

Curling Canada revamped a format of a Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts since a before pre-tournament qualifier was unpopular.

Under a new format, a tip dual teams in a Canadian Team Rankings System that don’t win their range or domain will block off a dusk before to a start of a turn robin during both events. The leader earns a berth in a 16-team field.

The CTRS rankings are dynamic by points warranted during curling events during a season.

“Everyone concluded that this was an ideal and certain resolution to a emanate of last a 16th entrance into a Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier,” Curling Canada arch executive officer Katherine Henderson pronounced Wednesday in a statement.

“The new 16-team format ensures any member organisation is participating from a commencement of a week, and also ensures that a peculiarity margin is in place in sequence to establish a Canadian group to wear a Maple Leaf and play for a universe championship.”

What a wild-card group will be called and what colours they’ll wear has nonetheless to be announced by Curling Canada.

A pre-qualifying contest introduced in 2014 had a 4 lowest-seeded provinces and territories personification off to get into a categorical draw, with a 3 losers going home early.

In sequence to give full appearance to all provinces and territories, and continue carrying a fortifying champion and a Northern Ontario entrance in both a Hearts and a Brier, a 16-team format was a subsequent solution. It allows for dual pools of 8 teams.

Curling Canada pronounced a wild-card choice was spearheaded by an athletes’ advisory legislature that includes Mike McEwen, E.J. Harnden, Nolan Thiessen, Lisa Weagle, Tracy Fleury and Val Sweeting.

“I don’t consider many curlers would contend no to a second possibility during subordinate for a Brier or a Scotties, and a thing we unequivocally like is that a group has to win a diversion in sequence to qualify,” McEwen pronounced in a statement.

Teams in a wild-card diversion contingency have participated in their particular provincial and territorial championship.

The 2018 Tournament of Hearts is in Penticton, B.C., from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4. The Brier runs Mar 2-11 in Regina.

The tip 4 teams from any pool allege to a championship turn to establish a 4 playoff teams.

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