OLDS - The region will have to wait two more years to watch high-profile curling teams from around the globe compete in Olds.
The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling will host the 2022 Humpty’s Champions Cup in Olds as opposed to the town hosting the 2021 event.
On Thursday, Dec. 3, Sportsnet announced a partnership with Curling Canada to explore the option to host two Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events — the Princess Auto Players’ Championship and Humpty’s Champions Cup — within a hub city at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary in 2021.
"This approach gives qualified elite curlers the opportunity to continue their season within a safe and secure environment," states a news release issued by the 2022 Humpty’s Champions Cup Organizing Committee.
Olds was scheduled to host the season-ending Champion’s Cup event in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed to 2021 and now Olds is re-scheduled to host in 2022 — featuring 12 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams who have won high-profile titles.
Pending all updated contractual agreements, the 2022 Humpty’s Champions Cup will take place May 4-8, 2022 at the Olds Sportsplex.
With the postponement until 2022, the committee has decided to automatically refund all tickets for the 2021 Olds event. The committee says refunds will start within the next few weeks and will automatically be returned on the credit card used to purchase the tickets.
The committee says it will be in touch with all sponsors to discuss options moving forward.