Murdoch: We must embrace this opportunity
Newly-appointed GB coach lauds Curling World Cup's new format
Newly-appointed British Curling national coach David Murdoch says the format for the Curling World Cup shows the kind of “flexibility and imagination” that will help boost the sport’s worldwide profile.
Murdoch brought his distinguished playing career to an end last year and was recently appointed to lead Great Britain’s curlers through the new four-your cycle into the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.
The former two-time world champion and Olympic silver medallist’s new assignment begins with a trip to Suzhou to coach Scotland’s men’s and women’s teams in the first leg of the new Curling World Cup series from 12 to 16 September.
The new series will feature tweaks to the format including a one-shot shoot-out to determine winners of tied games, rather than extra ends. Teams will also have access to coaches at ice level between ends.
A further adjustment sees thinking time allocated to each end for the eight end matches, rather than a time allowance allocated to the whole match.
Murdoch commented: “The rules reflect a recognition of the need to show flexibility and imagination to showcase curling to the widest possible audience.
“This is a very exciting time for our sport and it is vital that we embrace this opportunity from the outset.”
The 40-year-old added: “It is great to see a new World Cup series in the curling calendar. The wide range of national teams and the involvement of all three Olympic disciplines demonstrates the way in which our sport is rapidly growing.”