Jonkoping leg will be 'like the Olympics'
Sweden excited to host third leg of the Curling World Cup
Organisers of the third leg of the Curling World Cup in Jonkoping have compared the event to “somewhere between a World Cup and an Olympic Games”.
At a press conference to confirm the Swedish city as hosts of the crucial third leg of the inaugural international series, Project Manager Rolf Wikström said it was “like getting a World Cup in football for both men and women or a major in golf.”
Jonkoping opened its curling hall in 2012 and will be hosting the competition between 30 January and 3 February, 2019.
“Jonkoping has Sweden's finest curling arena,” said Michael Marklund, chairman of the Swedish Curling Federation. “It's a huge competition, in my eyes it's somewhere between organising a World Cup and an Olympic Games, and it’s big prize money."
There will be $USD 165,000 on offer in southern Sweden, with three competitions: women’s, men’s and mixed doubles taking place.
It will be the last chance teams will have to qualify for the Grand Final in Beijing next May and with Sweden’s rinks winning numerous medals in recent years, they are looking forward to getting the chance to compete in front of a home crowd.
“We are super happy to have such a big competition such as the Curling World Cup here in Jonkoping,” Olympic gold medalist, Anna Hasselborg said.
“It’s great for us to get all of our Swedish fans and supporters to come and watch us playing at this high level here in Sweden.
“We are really looking forward to playing in Jonkoping and hope we will have a great crowd to support us.”
Ante Jankovic, who works for Destination Jönköping, said: “We are incredibly happy and proud that the curling world's eyes are aimed at Jönköping for a week.
“It is absolutely amazing that we became the chosen resort in Europe.”