Inaugural Pre-Olympic Qualification Event set to begin in Erzurum, Turkey

Harold Woods III from Nigeria

Nigeria's Harold Woods III © WCF / Tom Rowland

The Pre-Olympic Qualification Event 2021, taking place in Erzurum, Turkey from 5–15 October, will feature 16 mixed doubles teams, ten women’s teams and 17 men’s teams competing for the last remaining places in December’s Olympic Qualification Event 2021, in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

Mixed Doubles Competition

The event begins on Tuesday (5 October) with the mixed doubles competition. The 16 mixed doubles teams are split into three groups — one group of six and two groups of five teams — that will play a single round-robin.

The mixed doubles teams are:

Group A: Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia.

Group B: Brazil, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Slovenia and Turkey.

Group C: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Mexico and Chinese Taipei.

The top three teams from each group will progress to the play-off stage, that is to be held on Friday (8 October).

The first-ranked teams in each group progress directly to one of the three qualification finals.

The second-ranked teams from each group will play the third-ranked teams from one of the other groups, with the winners progressing to the qualification finals.

The winners of the three qualification finals will earn their place in the Olympic Qualification Event 2021 mixed doubles competition.

Men’s Competition

The men’s competition begins on Sunday (10 October) and features 17 teams split into three groups — two groups of six and one group of five teams.

The men’s teams are:

Group A: Brazil, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Chinese Taipei and Turkey.

Group B: Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Nigeria and Slovenia.

Group C: Belgium, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Romania and Slovakia.

The teams will play in a single round robin until Thursday (14 October), with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the play-off stage, being held on Friday (15 October).

There will be a merged group ranking for positions one to six in the play-offs as per the World Curling Rules of Curling and Rules of Competition.

After the merged ranking, the first- and second-ranked teams will automatically progress into the qualification finals. While the remaining four teams will progress to the semi-finals (3v6 and 4v5).

The first-ranked team will then face the winner of the 4v5 semi-final, while the second-ranked team will compete against the winner of the 3v6 semi-final.

The winners of these two finals will earn a place in the Olympic Qualification Event 2021 men’s competition.

Women’s Competition

The women’s competition begins on Monday (11 October) and runs alongside the men’s competition. The ten women’s teams are divided into two groups of five that will play in a round robin.

Team Latvia © WCF / Tom Rowland

The women’s teams are:

Group A: Spain, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Slovenia.

Group B: Austria, Brazil, Norway, Slovakia and Turkey.

The top two teams from each group qualify for the play-offs that take place on Friday.

The group winners will play each other in the first qualification final, with the winner of that game qualifying their Member Association for the Olympic Qualification Event 2021 women’s competition.

The second-placed teams from each group will also play each other. The winner of this game will then face the loser of the first qualification final.

The winner of this second qualification final will earn the last remaining place in the Olympic Qualification Event 2021 women’s competition.

Live scores from these championships can be found here.

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Erzurum, Turkey

28 September 2021
Mixed Doubles