Scotland will look into benching

JIM BENDER

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

VERNON, B.C. -- First, Scotland national coach Derek Brown said he decided to bench skip Gail Munro for poor performance and the third refused to play because of the move. Then, Brown told reporters Munro was then asked to play so the team could ice a foursome and that she refused. Now, Munro is saying she was never asked to play after being benched.

"I never refused to play for my country," Munro told the Eye Opener, the CCA's local in-house publication, which was one of many that reported that she did refuse.

An investigation will be launched when the team returns home.

ATTENDANCE FALLS SHORT

Although the host committee will fall well short of the expected 60,000 in attendance here, the worlds are still expected to turn at least a modest profit, said event co-ordinator Toby Oswald-Felker, a former Winnipegger.

She was a key organizer for the world championships in Winnipeg back in 1991 and has since moved to Vernon. The total attendance was 37,225.

OFF TO KOREA

Gangneung City, Korea, will host next year's women's world championship. The seaside city with a population of about 230,000 is hoping to make inroads towards hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics. The competition will be held in an arena with a capacity of about 3,000.

Korea boasts about 1,500 male and female curlers. Although Korean teams failed to qualify for either the women's or men's world championship, both the men and women won the curling championships at the 2007 Asian Games. Korea's Jimmy Lee competed at last year's men's world championship in Edmonton. Jinsook Chung is Korea's top women's team.


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