|NZ Men at the 2020 World Junior Championships. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray|
2 Sep 2020 – The COVID-19 global pandemic has forced the World Curling Federation to cancel several events over the next few months.
Those that affect New Zealand curlers are November's Pacific-Asia Championships in Japan, and the January 2021 World Junior-B Championships in Finland.
The World Junior Championships in Beijing (18-28 February 2021) are currently still scheduled, and the NZ Junior Men's place in this event has been restored after the abandonment of the Junior-B event.
Whether they will be able to take up this chance is not yet certain.
If the event goes ahead and the athletes, their families and the NZCA are happy to support a team travelling, the side will be Anton Hood (skip), Jayden Apuwai-Bishop, William Becker, Ben Smith and Hunter Walker.
However, under Government guidelines and Sport NZ, it is recommended that New Zealanders do not travel. The World Curling Federation takes no responsibility for cover and requires Associations to provide proof of individual insurance coverage prior to departure.
Under the existing travel advisory it would be difficult to travel given it would be hard to obtain travel insurance, the quarantine restrictions and the NZ Government advice.
WCF are providing regular updates prior to each up and coming tournament and the NZ Curling Association are monitoring these closely. NZCA will provide regular updates to competitors who have self nominated for various teams as information comes to hand.