Paralympic spots and world title up for grabs at the KUNTAI World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2021

© WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik 2020

The KUNTAI World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2021 is set to begin this Saturday (23 October) at the National Aquatic Centre, also known as the Ice Cube, in Beijing, China.

The championship will act as a vital test event for the upcoming Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games and will see 11 National Paralympic Committees earn their spot to the Games in March, with China completing the 12-team field as hosts.

In this championship, there will be a total of 12 teams competing to mirror the Paralympic playing system: China, RCF, Norway, Korea, Scotland, Canada Slovakia, Sweden, Latvia, Italy, United States and Switzerland.

Team RCF © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik 2020

China, the defending Paralympic champions, receive a spot automatically as hosts and will be joined by RCF, the defending world champions, Norway, Korea, Scotland, Canada, Slovakia, Sweden and Latvia who qualified through the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2020. United States, Switzerland and Italy secured the final three spots in Beijing at the World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship.

Paralympic Qualification

In addition to competing for a world medal, teams will be aiming to secure as many Paralympic Qualification Points in order to qualify for the Paralympics. The 11 teams with the most points cumulated from their performance at the 2019, 2020 and 2021 World Championships will get through to the Games.

More information on the qualification process can be found here.

Current Paralympic Points standings

Format and schedule of play

The championship will begin with a round-robin stage from Saturday (23 October) until Thursday (28 October). A six-team play-off will then take place. In that play-off the teams ranked first and second at the end of the round robin progress directly to the semi-finals. Each of their opponents will be decided by a qualification round where the third ranked team will play the sixth ranked team and the fourth ranked team will play the fifth.

The winners of these games advance to the semi-finals on Friday (29 October) at 19:05. The bronze medal game will be played the following day (30 October) at 10:05 and the final will follow at 14:35.

All times are BJT (Beijing Time) GMT/UTC +8

To engage with the World Curling Federation on social media leading up to the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2021 follow it on Twitter, Instagram (@WorldCurling) and Facebook (@WorldCurlingFederation) and use the hashtags when posting: #WWhCC2021 #curling

Beijing, China

18 October 2021
Paralympic Winter Games
World Wheelchair Curling Championship