Curling set for Kazakhstan return at Winter Universiade

  • GB's Gina Aitken & CAN's Kelsey Rocque will be at WUG 2017 Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

International curling will return to Almaty, in Kazakhstan, for just the second time when FISU’s (Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire) 28th Winter Universiade Games (WUG) begin on Saturday (28 January).

This city made curling history in November 2015, when the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships were held in the Balaun Sholak Sports Palace – Kazakhstan’s first time hosting an international event. This time, the Universiade curling will be held, alongside figure skating, in the newly built Almaty Arena from 29 January to 7 February.

The curling competition will comprise of a round robin, tie-breakers (if required) semi-finals and gold and bronze medal finals for both women’s and men’s teams.

The ten women’s teams are Canada, China, Germany, hosts Kazakhstan, Norway, Korea, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Great Britain.

The ten men’s teams are Canada, Czech Republic, Japan, hosts Kazakhstan, Norway, Korea, Russia, Sweden, Great Britain and USA.

The round robin begins at 09:00 on Monday 30 January and runs until 19:00 on Saturday 4 February. Tie-breakers will be held on Sunday 5 February, if required, and the semi-finals for women and men will take place at 09:00 on Monday 6 February.

The women’s and men’s bronze medal finals will be at 16:00 on 6 February, followed by the women’s gold medal game on Tuesday 7 February at 09:00. The event will conclude with the men’s gold final at 14:00 on 7 February. All times are Alma-Ata time, six hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time

Teams for this event will be confirmed following Saturday's (29 January) team meeting. For more information and results from Almaty 2017 visit,

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About FISU

Founded in 1949, FISU stands for Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International University Sports Federation). FISU's main responsibility is the supervision of both the Summer and Winter Universiades, as well as the World University Championships. The General Assembly representing its members (170 National University Sports Federations) is FISU's main governing body.

28th Winter Universiade

Winter Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city. It is only second to the Olympic Games.

The programme of The Winter Universiade consists of six compulsory sports with ten compulsory disciplines – alpine skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, nordic combined, curling, ice hockey, short track speed skating, figure skating and biathlon – and one or two optional sports, chosen by the host country.

Embracing FISU’s motto of 'Excellence in Mind and Body', the Winter Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into 11 days of sports competitions, allowing university student-athletes worldwide to celebrate with the host city in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.