Switzerland's Palladium de Champéry has been awarded the 2017 World Mixed Curling Championship ©Palladium de Champéry

Next year's World Mixed Curling Championships will take place in the Swiss municipality of Champéry, it has been announced.

The decision was made at the World Curling Federation's (WCF) Annual General Meeting in Stockholm.

Action will take place from October 6 to 14 in 2017.

Andorra has also been awarded a debut international competition, with the Principality set to host the European Curling Championships C-Division from May 6 to 13 next year.

All 54 WCF member associations also voted for Canadian-born Australian Hugh Millikin to retain his position on the Executive Board, while Sweden’s two-times Olympic champion Cathrine Lindahl was appointed as a director.

Guyana and Mexico were then approved as conditional WCF members by the new Board to take the total number to 56.

“I’m delighted that Hugh has been reappointed and Cathrine appointed to the board in their respective positions," said WCF President Kate Caithness afterwards.

"I look forward to working with them in the coming years.

“Thank you to the Swedish Curling Association for their kind hospitality this week and for hosting another successful Congress and Annual General Assembly.”

New appointments were made and events awarded during the WCF General Assembly ©WCF
New appointments were made and events awarded during the WCF General Assembly ©WCF

But no mention was made to the allegations surrounding Russian doping at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in a lengthy 766-word summary statement distributed following the meeting.

Kazan in Russia is still due to host next month's World Mixed Curling Championships from October 14 to 16 despite an IOC recommendation earlier this year for events not to be held in the country following the publication of the explosive World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-commissioned report spearheaded by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren.

The IOC have since privately given permission for winter events to remain there, insidethegames has been told, so long as they had already been awarded or if a bidding process had begun.

insidethegames has been told that a "short report" was made on the McLaren Report during the Congress to all the members and there were no questions.

More details about the alleged doping in Sochi are set to be revealed by McLaren either late this month or in October.

It is claimed that samples submitted by around 15 home medal winners were replaced with fake clean ones in a clandestine night-time operation during the Games.

It is not clear if curling, a sport in which Russia won no medals in Sochi, is implicated.

The WCF's Annual Review 2015-2016 does refer briefly to this issue in a section on anti-doping.

It reads: "Also of concern are the allegations surrounding the testing protocols and processes during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. 

"Following a request by the IOC, WADA has conducted an independent enquiry into the allegations. 

"We will closely monitor their final report and if necessary discuss any issues relating to curling with WADA."

insidethegames has asked the WCF for a further comment about this.

The annual report can be read in full here.