Both the 2020, the 2021 and now the 2022 Pacific International Cup have been canceled
Two years with no PIC has been very painful – it has been the curling highlight of the year for most of us. We have missed the renewal of old friendships, the pleasure of meeting new curling friends and the curling camaraderie and sportsmanship of spending time with club curlers from around the world. The spirit of the PIC is built on the curlers and volunteers who participate and that is what has made it the best international club curling championship in the world.
We earnestly had hoped we would not have to make yet a third PIC cancellation but it is with extreme regret we advise that there will not be a 2022 Pacific International Cup. Although no one is claiming to be able to accurately predict the status of the pandemic and Canadian health orders and restrictions that would affect the PIC, we have determined it is highly unlikely that there will be a complete “return to normal” regarding international travel and indoor sports activities by April 2022.
It would require clairvoyance to guarantee that there will be no travel restrictions by April 2022, and we do not have clairvoyance. With winter being the season favoured by respiratory viruses to spread, we also cannot predict with any certainty that British Columbia and Canada will not still have in place regulations requiring limitations of various kinds for indoor activities. The ability to socialize during the Pacific International Cup without any restraints is an important aspect of the event for all participants, players and volunteers alike. Additionally with the City of Richmond installing a new ice plant, it is unclear at present whether all the amenities necessary for a successful PIC will be available by April, 2022.
It is truly with heavy hearts and much regret that we have cancelled the 2022 Pacific International Cup.
On a positive note, April 2023 will be upon us in less than 18 months.
Chair, Pacific International Cup
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