World Senior Curling Championships 2016 set for Karlstad, Sweden

The Karlstad Curling Arena in Karlstad, Sweden is set to play host to the 15th edition of the World Senior Curling Championships for men and women's teams, with play getting underway on Friday 15 April 2016.

This is the second time that the World Senior Championships will have been hosted in Sweden, with Gavle acting as host city in 2004.

To be eligible to take part in these Championships, players "must be not less than 50 years of age by the end of the 30th day of June in the year immediately preceding the year in which the Championship is taking place".

This event has attracted record entry levels in both categories, with 17 women's and 27 men's national teams competing.

The women have been divided into two groups as follows:

Group A: Australia, defending champions Canada, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania and hosts Sweden.

Group B: Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland and USA.

The three men's Groups are:

Group A: Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland, defending champions USA and Wales

Group B: Canada, Finland, France, Israel, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Slovakia and hosts Sweden.

Group C: Australia, Denmark, England, Italy, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Slovenia, and Turkey.

Round-robin play starts on Friday 15 April at 09.30 (Central European Time) and continues until the morning of Friday 22 April.

After that, in the women's event, there will be a ranking for first, second and third position in each group. The first ranked teams advance to the semi-finals, while second in Group A will play third in Group B and third in Group A will play second in Group B to determine the last teams in the semi-finals. The opponents in the semi-finals will be selected on the basis of not having teams from the same group compete against each other, otherwise the teams will be drawn from a hat.

Similarly, following the round-robin in the men’s event there will be a ranking for first, second and third position in each group. However, the first and second ranked teams qualify directly to the quarter-finals, as well as the third ranked team with the best Draw Shot Challenge (DSC) result. The other two third ranked teams play a qualification game to decide the last team entered into the quarter-finals.

In both men's and women's competitions, semi-finals will be played on the morning of Saturday 23 April – at 08.30 (CET) with Bronze and Gold medal games taking place later that day – at 13.00 (CET).

In last year's event in Sochi, Russia, the USA men beat Canada for Gold, while in the women's event Canada beat Italy.

At the same time as staging the World Senior Curling Championships 2016, Karlstad will also act as host to the largest-ever World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016, taking place in the Löfbergs Lila Arena.