The sixth World Curling Congress will begin on September 14 in Bled in Slovenia with new World Championship formats set to be a key area of discussion.
Representatives from the World Curling Federation’s (WCF) 56 Member Associations will decide on the future of the World Women’s and Men’s Curling Championships, with two alternative formats being proposed.
Also, changes to the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship will be suggested and an increase to the number of teams for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship will be proposed.
Both options for the World Women’s and Men’s Championships would see an increase in the number of teams competing, from 12 to either 13 or 16, from the 2018 editions.
The primary reason for this is to increase the Pacific-Asia representation at the sport's top events.
These also include an option to introduce a pre-qualification event from 2019.
A vote will be taken on increasing the number of World Wheelchair Curling Championship teams from 10 to 12, which is the same as at the Paralympic Games.
For mixed doubles, Curling Canada and the Royal Caledonian Curling Club have both proposed alternative formats to the open entry system currently used.
Additional competition recommendations are a pre-qualifier for the 2021 Olympic Qualification Event, a change to the "Free Guard Zone" rule, increasing "Thinking Time" in mixed doubles and changing the page play-off system to a new six-team version.
“The recommendations being put to our sixth Annual General Assembly continue to show the strong position our sport finds itself in," said WCF President Kate Caithness.
"Many of the changes and new competition formats to be decided are arising out of growing levels of competition at the elite level and more Member Associations joining our Federation and seeking to fulfil Olympic and Paralympic ambitions.”
Members will also vote for two positions on the WCF Board.
Vice-president for the Americas zone, Graham Prouse, stands unopposed while Hew Chalmers also faces no challenge for his position as director.
The Board will consider Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Portugal and Saudi Arabia as new Member Associations seeking provisional membership.
The WCF will also look to bring its anti-doping and sports betting and manipulation of results rules closer to those of the International Olympic Committee.
As usual, open meetings will be held throughout the Congress, with a particular focus on how Member Associations can capitalise on the increased exposure for curling from Pyeongchang 2018.
The Annual General Assembly will be held on September 17, where all elections and voting will take place.