Men’s curling world playoffs to resume after fear of COVID-19

Men's curling world playoffs to resume after fear of COVID-19

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The men’s curling world championships will resume play on Sunday in the Calgary bubble, as Curling Canada announced that organizers have been given the green light by Alberta Health.
The stoppage of play on Friday night was the result of three members of three non-qualifying international teams who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in “exit” tests before leaving Canada.

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A fourth player, in a playoff team, also tested positive on Saturday.

“All athletes, coaches and event officials known to be in close contact with the athletes were tested on Saturday morning, and each test came back negative,” Curling Canada said in a press release.

This playoff team player then tested negative, but will not be allowed to compete, per Alberta Health rules.

A playoff game between Switzerland and the United States will take place at 1 p.m. ET, followed by the semi-finals, scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.

WATCH | Dr. Isaac Bogoch discusses the situation in the Calgary curling bubble:

The infectious disease expert explains how the curling action in Calgary could continue despite positive tests. 4:14

The gold and bronze medal games will take place at 11 p.m. ET.

Canada was eliminated from the competition after losing to Scotland on Friday.

A member of the Canadian team confirmed to CBC Sports that his team tested negative for COVID-19.

WATCH | Scotland overthrow Canada in qualifying match

Canada’s Brendan Bottcher lost to Scotland’s Bruce Mouat 5-3 in the men’s curling world championship qualifier. 1:04

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