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Brazil withdraws from Americas Challenge

Jan. 10, 2012, 10:01 a.m. (ET)
Brazil has formally withdrawn its challenge to the United States for the final Americas berth at the 2012 World Men's Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

"It is with great regret that we have to withdraw from the America's Challenge. As a result of recently losing our team coach, the team feels they are not playing well enough to constitute a proper and fit challenge to Team USA for the last remaining place at the 2012 World Men's Championship," according to the Brazilian Ice Sports Federation. All five Brazilian nationals - Luis Silva, Celso Kossaka, Marcelo Mello, Cesar Santos and Filipe Nunes - are currently training in Quebec, Canada, at the Lennoxville Curling Club.

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 USA Curling

 Terry Kolesar

Jan. 10, 2012
Brazil withdrawsfromAmericas Challenge
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Brazil hasformally withdrawn its challenge to theUnited Statesforthe final
Americas berth atthe 2012 World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland.
“Itis with greatregretthat we have to withdraw fromthe America’s Challenge. As a result ofrecently
losing ourteamcoach,the teamfeels they are not playing well enough to constitute a proper and fit
challenge to TeamUSA forthe lastremaining place atthe 2012 World Men’s Championship,” according
to the Brazilian Ice Sports Federation. Allfive Brazilian nationals – Luis Silva, Celso Kossaka, Marcelo
Mello, Cesar Santos and FilipeNunes – are currently training inQuebec, Canada, atthe Lennoxville
Curling Club.
“We were disappointed to hearthatthe Brazilians were not able to continue their challenge forthe
America’s berth, as ourteamand host committee were well prepared and looking forward to welcoming
the challengers,” said Rick Patzke, chief operating officerforUSA Curling. “Of course, havingUSA’s berth
in the Worlds now secured allows our contending teamsto focustheir attention onmaking sure they
are prepared to peak in Basel.”
Brazil issued itsthird challenge againsttheU.S. forthe berth thisfall and wassetto play in a best‐of‐five
competition against Pete Fenson’steam, which wasselected to representtheU.S. atthe challenge. The
Brazilians have previously challenged theU.S.forthemen’s world berthsin 2009 and 2010 but have
thusfar been unsuccessful on the ice in their attempts.
Twelve teams compete at both themen’s and women’s World Curling Championships each year. Two
teamsrepresentthe Americas Zone, encompassing bothNorth and South America. Since the inception
ofthe world championships,the only two World Curling Federationmember associationsto represent
the Americas have been Canada and theUnited States.
Canada automatically qualified forthe 2012 Worlds because they ranked higher atthe completion ofthe
2011 Worlds(Canada finished firsttoUSA’s 10th place showing). Brazil, a WCFmembersince 1998, was
challenging theU.S. forthe second Americas berth in Basel. The 2012 Men’s Worlds willtake place
March 31‐April 8. The complete teamline‐up forthe 2012 Men’s Worldsis now:
Switzerland (host), Canada, China,New Zealand,Norway, Sweden,Denmark, Czech Republic, Scotland,
Germany, France andUSA. More information aboutthe 2012 Men’s World Championship can be found
online at
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