Five-rock Slam gets reprieve

GEORGE KARRYS, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:56 PM ET

The Canadian Curling Association has agreed to sanction the second Capital One Grand Slam of Curling event of the season subject to the unanimous, written consent of all 72 competitors.

On Wednesday, QMI Agency outlined the Slam’s plan to test the new five-rock rule of play at the Canadian Open, Dec. 14-18 in Kingston. The Sun also revealed the Association’s concerns about sanctioning the event as per the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS), which provides events with qualifying points toward the 2013 Olympic Trials.

On Thursday, the CCA issued a statement confirming the five-rock rule test will proceed in Kingston provided each competing athlete provides agrees. If any of the 72 competitors do not provide consent within a to-be-determined deadline, the Canadian Open will not proceed with the five-rock rule experiment.

“Any initiative to modify the rules of engagement, on the field of play, part way through the Olympic Quadrennial requires the pre-approval of the CCA,” the statement read.

“Given the fact that this did not occur in advance of going public with the proposed five-rock rule field test at the Kingston Slam, the CCA was put in a difficult position.

“Having said that, we are however prepared to continue to sanction the Kingston event, and ensure CTRS points are still eligible with the (mentioned) conditions.”


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