China to host first World Women’s Curling Championship

  • China will host their first World Women's Curling Championship in 2017 Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

It has been confirmed today that the Chinese Curling Association will host its first World Women’s Curling Championship, in the Chinese capital Beijing, in 2017.

The event will be played between 18 and 26 March (2017), with the exact venue still to be confirmed.

Today’s (Monday 19 October) announcement comes just three months after the 2022 Winter Olympics Games were named to take place in the city, of which the World Women’s Curling Championship is expected to play a key part in its promotion, as well as raising the profile of curling in Asia.

World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “It is a good time for winter sports in Asia with the next two Winter Olympic Games set to be held in Pyeongchang, Korea in 2018 and in Beijing in 2022. The award of the 2017 World Women’s Curling Championship to Beijing reflects this and rewards China’s hard work in developing our sport.

“This will be the first time a World Women’s Curling Championship will be staged in China, however after a very successful CPT World Men’s Curling Championship here in 2014 we look forward to working with our partners and sponsors to stage another first class championship for the world to enjoy.”

The World Women’s Curling Championship is held annually in March and is the pinnacle of the women’s curling season. Each year 12 teams have the chance to compete for the title – eight from the European Zone, two from the Americas Zone and two from the Pacific-Asia Zone. In 2017 China, part of the Pacific-Asia Zone, will automatically qualify as hosts.

To date, China have won three World Women’s Curling Championship medals, with their best result coming in 2009, when Wang Bingyu’s team won Gold, in Korea. China has also won Silver – 2008 – and Bronze – 2011 – medals.

Mr SUN Xuecai, Director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports, said: “The World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 will act as a warm-up event for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and will be an important tool to promote winter sports in our country.

“This championship will also help improve the skills of our national women’s curling team.”

Switzerland are the current World Women’s curling champions, winning Gold at the ZEN-NOH World Women’s Curling Championship 2015 in Sapporo, Japan back in March. Before the championship in Beijing, the 2016 edition of the event will be held in Swift Current, Canada between 19 and 26 March 2016.

World Curling Championships in Asia

  • Zen-Noh World Women's Curling Championship 2015: Sapporo, Japan

  • CPT World Men’s Curling Championship 2014: Beijing, China

  • The Mount Titlis World Women's Curling Championship 2009: Gangneung, Korea

  • World Women's Curling Championship 2007: Aomori, Japan