Tuesday 1 November
The 26th edition of the Pacific-Asia Curling Championship (PACC) will begin this weekend (5-12 November) in Korea - the host country for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games - with a record 17 teams taking part.
This is the first of three World Curling Federation (WCF) championships to be held in Korea this season. The World Junior Curling Championships 2017 (16-26 February) and World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2017 (4-11 March) will follow next year.
In addition, this is the second time that the PACC will be played in the Uiseong Curling Training Center and Uiseong will be the host city, after holding the championships in 2010.
The teams for PACC 2016 are:
Women: Australia, China, 2015 champions Japan, Kazakhstan, hosts and 2015 runners-up Korea, New Zealand and debutants Hong Kong and Qatar
Men: Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, 2015 silver medallists Japan, Kazakhstan, hosts and defending champions Korea, New Zealand and newcomers Qatar
In the women’s championship, six times PACC champion and 2010 Olympic bronze medallist Bingyu Wang returns to the PACC for first time since 2013, with two of her Olympic team mates, Jinli You (second) and Yan Zhou (third).
Japan's Satsuki Fujisawa leads her recent World Curling Championship silver medal winning team, of lead Yurika Yoshida, second Yumi Suzuki, third Chimani Yoshida and alternate Mari Motohashi. Korea's women's team has a new set of players skipped by Eunjung Kim.
For the men, Korea are unchanged from 2015, as they seek to defend their title. They are made up of skip Soo Hyuk Kim, third Tae Hwan Kim, second Jong Duk Park, lead Yoon Ho Nam and alternate Min Hyeon Yoo.
China skip and six times PACC champion, Rui Liu returns to the PACC for the first time since 2013, while Australia are skipped by Ian Palangio who will make his 15th PACC appearance. Finally, after skipping his Japan team to six PACC silver medals Yusuke Morozumi will lead his team in pursuit of gold medals.
After an opening ceremony, on Saturday 5 November, 16 sessions of round-robin play will follow. The men’s’ defending champions will begin their campaign during the first session - 17.30 on 5 November - against Hong Kong, while the hosts’ women’s team will meet China first-up at 14.00 on Sunday 6 November. Also, at this time the 2015 women’s winners, Japan, will meet Qatar.
If required, one round of tie-breakers will take place at 09.00 on Friday 11 November. The semi-finals will follow that day at 14.00 for women and 19.00 for the men. The women’s gold and bronze medal games will follow at 09.00 on Saturday 12 November and then the men’s at 14.00.
Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of these championships on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV
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