World championships places up for grabs at World Qualification Event 2020

Italy aiming for world championships qualification © WCF / Céline Stucki

At the second ever World Qualification Event, being held in the Kisakallio Sports Institute, in Lohja Finland, the final places in this season’s World Curling Championships are up for grabs for two women’s and two men’s teams.

The World Qualification Event 2020 represents the last qualification pathway of the season for Member Associations and their representative teams, to qualify for the World Curling Championships and gain the first Olympic points for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

16 national teams – eight of each gender – representing 14 Member Associations, have reached this stage through involvement in either this season’s Le Gruyère European Curling Championships, which were held in Helsingborg, Sweden; the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships, which took place in Shenzhen, China; the Americas Challenge; or as hosts.

In each of those competitions, a pre-set number of nations qualified directly to the world championships, with spaces in this qualification event going to the next-ranked participants.

In the women’s World Qualification Event:

  • the European contenders are: Estonia, Italy, Norway and Turkey
  • the Pacific-Asia participants are: Australia and Korea
  • the Americas team is: Mexico
  • the hosts are: Finland

In the men’s World Qualification Event:

  • the European teams are: Czech Republic, England, Poland and Russia
  • the Pacific-Asia teams are: China and Japan
  • the Americas team is: Mexico
  • the hosts are: Finland

The playing format involves seven sessions of round-robin play, for each gender, beginning on Monday 13 January. Teams must rank in the top-three at the end of the round-robin stage to progress.

Then, on Saturday 18 January, for both women and men, the top-ranked team will play the second-ranked teams, with the winners going onto the World Curling Championships.

The losers of those games will then face the third-ranked teams, with the winners of those match-ups taking the second and last available world qualification slots.

This is the third event this season to be hosted in Lohja. The World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship 2019 and World Junior-B Curling Championships 2019 were both held in the Kisakallio Sports Institute in December.

Later this season, the World Women’s Curling Championship 2020 will take place in Prince George, Canada from 14 to 22 March. The LGT World Men’s Curling Championship 2020 will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 28 March to 5 April.

To engage with the World Curling Federation on social media during the World Qualification Event 2020 follow it on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtags when posting: #WQE2020 #curling

Lohja, Finland

8 January 2020