Welcome Message: Swiss Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer

Curling has become increasingly popular in Switzerland in recent years. This is primarily due to the success of Swiss athletes who have medaled at the Olympic Games, World and European Championships.

Curling also enjoys widespread support thanks to excellent TV coverage. TV audiences are growing worldwide, making the international performance of Swiss curlers very important.

The success of Swiss curlers at an international level, is proof that Switzerland is a sporting nation. Large-scale sports events, such as the World Men's Curling Championship 2012 in Basel, are an opportunity for our athletes to set an example to our children and young people. The event is also an opportunity to show Basel as a venue and the tri-country surrounding region to the world.

Ueli Maurer
Swiss Federal Councillor
Head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport

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