China and Korea joined Italy and Germany in securing places for their Member Associations at the 20-team World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2020, on Saturday morning.
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, will host the world championship from 18 to 25 April.
China beat Turkey 8-7, in an extra end, and Korea defeated Austria 7-2, in the last World Mixed Doubles Qualification Event 2019 games at Greenacres Curling Club, near Howwood, in Scotland.
China were Ying Yang and Zhi Ling and Korea were Hyeji Jang and Yujin Seong.
This event had a double knock-out system, therefore, because Korea and Turkey, won their first play-off games, on Friday morning, but lost their second round games in the afternoon, they had a second chance to qualify. In the morning, Korea beat China 6-4 and Turkey defeated Austria 8-6. Korea then lost to Italy, 4-6, and Turkey lost to Germany, 5-7. Those victories, for Italy and Germany, qualified them for the world championships.
A second opportunity to qualify for the world championship was also afforded to the four teams that lost the first play-off round. The four losers of that first round were drawn against one of the other losers in the second play-off round. The winners of those games then progressed to the third round of play-offs.
Austria, beat Latvia, 6-3, in their second-chance game, while China defeated France 11-3, in theirs.
The play-off structure can be seen here.
With Italy and Germany winning both their play-off games on Friday they secured their world championship places. Italy were Veronica Zappone and Simone Gonin. Germany were Pia-Lisa Schoell and Klaudius Harsch.
The qualified Member Associations for the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2020 are, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United States.