Czech Republic and Finland men and Latvia and Turkey women qualify for the Olympic Qualification Event

Turkey women © WCF / Ümit Uzun

The Pre-Olympic Qualification Event men’s competition took place from 10–15 October, while the women competed from 11–15 October in Erzurum, Turkey. 17 men’s teams and ten women’s teams competed for the last remaining places in December’s Olympic Qualification Event 2021, in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.


Men’s competition

The 17 men’s teams were split into three groups — two groups of six and one group of five teams.

The teams played in a single round robin until Thursday (14 October), with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the play-off stage. The teams who qualified from each group were: Turkey and Kyrgyzstan from Group A, Finland and Czech Republic from Group B and Spain and Belgium from Group C. The play-off stage was held on Friday (15 October).

There was 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  —  Spain and Finland — automatically progressed into the qualification finals. While the remaining four teams progressed to the semi-finals (3v6 and 4v5). In those semi-finals Turkey defeated Kyrgyzstan by 10-3, and Czech Republic won over Belgium by 14-3.

It meant that in the second play-off session, Spain faced Czech Republic and Finland played against Turkey. In this session, Czech Republic beat Spain by 7-6 by stealing a single point in the tenth end. At the same time, Finland beat Turkey in an extra-end game by 10-9.

It means that Czech Republic and Finland earned a place in the Olympic Qualification Event 2021 men’s competition.

Czech Republic men © WCF / Ümit Uzun

Women’s competition

The ten women’s teams were divided into two groups of five that played in a round robin.

The group winners —  Latvia and Slovakia — played each other in the first qualification final, and Latvia won that game by 9-7, qualifying their Member Association for the Olympic Qualification Event 2021 women’s competition.

The second-placed teams from each group —  Hungary and Turkey — also played each other. Turkey won that game by 6-5 in an extra end, and then faced Slovakia in the second play-off session.

In that last session Turkey defeated Slovakia by 12-3 and earned the last remaining place in the Olympic Qualification Event 2021 women’s competition.

All the results of the competitions can be found here.

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Erzurum, Turkey

15 October 2021