Schaffhausen has been named the 2024 World Men's Curling Championship host ©Getty Images

Schaffhausen has been named as the host of the 2024 World Men's Curling Championship, meaning the competition is to return to Switzerland after an eight-year absence.

The town was supposed to host the 2021 World Women's Curling Championship - 20 years on from Switzerland's last staging of the women's event - but this was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently moved to Calgary in Canada, inside a bubble system.

To make amends for the cancellation, the World Curling Federation (WCF) has given the town the World Men's Curling Championship, scheduled for March 30 to April 7 in 2024.

"We're delighted that we get to return to Switzerland when we take our World Men's Championship to Schaffhausen," WCF President Beau Welling said. 

"We were really disappointed when we had to cancel the World Women's Championship there in 2021 due to the pandemic, so we are thrilled that the team in Schaffhausen have returned to host this event in 2024; and of course, we are very excited to bring one of our premier events to such a wonderful and historic city."

Sweden are the current men's world champions  ©WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik
Sweden are the current men's world champions ©WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik

Basel held the World Men's Championship in 2016, with Switzerland hosting a total of 36 WCF events to date.

The latest ones were the 2022 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and the 2022 World Senior Curling Championships in Geneva.

Competition is to be held in the ice arena at the KSS Sports Complex, which has a capacity of 1,200.

Niklas Edin's Sweden won their fourth men's world title in a row in Las Vegas earlier this year.