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Organizers cancel opening practice session at women's world curling championship

Last Updated Apr 27, 2021 at 3:19 pm MDT

Team Ontario second Sarah Wilkes wears a Scotties ring as she delivers a stone at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY — The opening practice session at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship was cancelled on Tuesday, one day after the World Curling Federation announced that two positive COVID-19 cases had been identified in pre-competition screening.

All 14 teams were originally scheduled to practise on Wednesday at the Markin MacPhail Centre to prepare for the start of round-robin play on Friday in the curling bubble.

“Tomorrow’s practice has been cancelled to allow Alberta Health to continue their testing and investigation,” WCF media head Christopher Hamilton told The Canadian Press in an email on Tuesday afternoon.

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The initial positive result was discovered in day-zero testing during a pre-competition quarantine period last Friday, the WCF said. The second positive case was identified within the same team after enhanced testing protocols on Sunday.

There was no immediate word on which team was affected.

The WCF said all other tests since teams arrived in Calgary have returned negative results. The WCF, Curling Canada and Alberta Health are now following a COVID-19 response plan.