Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2011 begin Saturday in China

The 2011 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships get underway at the Olympic Sports Center in Nanjing, China on Saturday 19 November. 10 teams (6 men’s and 4 women’s teams) from the World Curling Federation Pacific-Asia region will take part in the event with the finals being staged a week later on Saturday 26 November.

Nanjing Olympic Sports Center

The schedule of play and team line ups can be seen here:
www.worldcurling.org/pacific-curling-championships-2011 and here: www.njaoti.cn

In the women’s competition, teams from China, Japan, Korea and New Zealand will play to secure the two World Curling Federation Pacific-Asia Zone qualification places for the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2012 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (17-25 March 2012).

2010 Pacific gold medallist Ji-Sun Kim and her team from Korea are back to defend their title. China’s Bingyu Wang, returns as skip of the Chinese team for the 8th year in a row following their second place finish at the event last year and a bronze medal at the Capital One World Women’s Curling Championship 2011 in Denmark in March. Two-time Pacific Junior gold medallist, Satsuki Fujisawa skips the Japanese line up and New Zealand's Under 21 skip Chelsea Farley skips her national team.

In the men’s event, teams from Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea and New Zealand will vie for the top two spots and qualification for the World Men’s Curling Championship 2012 in Basel, Switzerland (31 March-8 April 2012).

Defending champions and hosts China will be skipped by Rui Liu. China has won the Pacific men’s title for four years in a row. Chang-Min Kim and his team which won gold at the Winter Universiade 2011 in Erzurum, Turkey represent Korea. 2011 World Senior Curling Championship bronze medallist Hugh Millikin skips the Australian team and Peter de Boer skips the New Zealand side. Randie Shen returns for the third year as skip of the Chinese Taipei team.

The event is being staged in the Olympic Sports Center in Nanjing which will also be the venue for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games. In the 21 year history of the Championships, it is the second time that the event has been hosted by China. (2007 Beijing). Due to the growth of the sport of curling in Asia, the Pacific Curling Federation adopted a new name in 2011. From this year onwards their Events in the region will bear the Pacific-Asia title.

CCTV-5, the main sports broadcaster in China, will broadcast extensive coverage of Chinese games throughout the event and the finals on Saturday 26.

The 2010 championships were staged in Uiseong, South Korea and the results were:
Men: 1-CHN 2-KOR 3-AUS 4-NZL 5-TPE 6-JPN
Women: 1-KOR 2-CHN 3-JPN 4-NZL 5-AUS

About the Pacific-Asia Curling Federation
The Pacific-Asia Curling Federation (PACF) is the regional sport body responsible for the development and promotion of curling in the Pacific-Asia region. Working with the World Curling Federation, the PACF organises regional championships which lead to qualification for the WCF’s World Championships. Currently the PACF has six Member Associations who are also members of the WCF: Australian Curling Federation, Chinese Curling Association, Japan Curling Association, Korean Curling Federation, New Zealand Curling Association and Chinese Taipei Curling Federation. See: www.worldcurling.org/wcf-member-associations