Curlers’ world title dream ended by coronavirus call-off

The coronavirus crisis has ended the hopes of Stranraer curlers Hammy McMillan and Bobby Lammie winning the world title on home soill.

Thursday, 19th March 2020, 3:23 pm
Team Mouat - left to right, Bruce Mouat, Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie and Hammy McMillan Jnr - won't get the chance to represent Scotland at the Worlds in Glasgow

The pair are part of Bruce Mouat’s rink whose victory in last month’s Scottish Championship earned them the right to represent Scotland at the World Championships.

These were due to take place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, starting later this month, but have now been postponed, in common with most opther sporting events.

In a statement on Twitter, Team Mouat said the postponement was a bitter disappointment, but they were behind the postponement decision.

It said: “We are very disappointed that the LGT World Curling Championships have been cancelled. However, public health is the priority and we fully support and respect the decision taken by the World Curling Federation in unprecedented times.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our fans, sponsors and well wishers for your support throughout this season.

“It was a dream come true when we qualified to represent Team Scotland for the World Championships, which is always a huge honour.

“We will always wonder what could have been in Glasgow later this month and we very much hope that, one day, we will get the chance to represent our country on home ice and do Scotland proud.

“Public health and safety is now paramount and requires a team effort and we will play our part in that and we wish those affected by the virus a full and swift recovery.”

The Championships had been scheduled to be played at the Emirates from March 28 to April 5.