World Curling Championships to grow after Annual General Assembly

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The 56 Member Associations of the World Curling Federation have voted to increase the number of teams at its World Wheelchair, Women’s and Men’s Curling Championships.

To reflect the Paralympic Winter Games wheelchair curling tournament, 12 teams will now compete at the World Wheelchair Curling Championships from 2019 onwards. Meanwhile, the Members have also chosen to increase the number of teams at its World Women’s and Men’s Curling Championships to 13 – handing a third qualification place to the Pacific-Asia zone for the 2017-2018 season.

The 13-team championships will have a World Qualification Event, which will be introduced in the 2018-2019 season. Also, a six-team play-off system, which gives a bye to the semi-finals, to the teams that finish the round-robin in first and second place will be implemented from season 2017-2018.

Also, a Pre-Qualifying Event will be introduced for the 2021 Olympic Qualification Event and the current World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship format will remain the same, despite motions to change the format. The Pre-Qualification Event will be open to all the women’s and men’s teams of Member Associations who haven’t qualified for the OQE in order to give everyone a chance to qualify for the Olympic Winter Games.

Kate Caithness, President of the World Curling Federation, said: “I am delighted that our Member Associations want to grow our World Curling Championships and to make the road to future Olympic and Paralympic Games as competitive, fair and open as possible.

“Following today’s decisions we go into to the coming Olympic and Paralympic season with great pride over the strength and continuing growth of our sport and I am very much looking forward to our new 13-team World Curling Championships.

“Well done to our Vice-President Graham Prouse and Director Hew Chalmers who retain their places on our Board.”

Further decisions made at the Annual General Assembly were:

* To bring the World Curling Federation’s Anti-Doping and Sports Betting and Manipulation of Results rules in-line with those of the International Olympic Committee.

* To change the four-stone Free Guard Zone rule to a five-stone rule (from 2018-2019 season)

* Standing unopposed Graham Prouse, Vice-President for the Americas Zone and Director Hew Chalmers remain on the World Curling Federation Board

* Guyana and Mexico move from conditional to provisional membership.

The seventh Annual World Curling Congress will take place in Budapest, Hungary from 6-9 September 2018. The 2018 Annual General Assembly will be held on Sunday 9 September.

To read more about the work of the World Curling Federation in the past season you can download and read the Annual Review 2016-2017 at

News and pictures from the Congress and AGA have been posted on the World Curling Federation website ( and Twitter, Instagram (@WorldCurling) and Facebook (/WorldCurlingFederation) channels.

 Resolutions put to the Annual General Assembly 2017
 13 team World Curling Championship and World Qualification Event formats
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