Friday 5 August 2016
The Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2016 will have a record number of teams competing this year, when it heads to Uiseong in Korea – the host nation of the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Some 17 teams will compete across the men’s and women’s championships with Hong Kong women’s team and Qatar’s women’s and men’s teams making their debuts. Previously, the highest number of teams to compete at the PACC was 13 in 2012 and 2015. Also, Australia women make their return having missed the 2015 event in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
These teams will be joined by China, defending champions Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea and New Zealand in the women’s championship and Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, 2015 winners Korea, New Zealand and Chinese Taipei, in the men’s event.
Hugh Millikin, WCF Vice President for the Pacific-Asia zone, said: "The next two editions of the Olympic Winter Games will be in Pacific-Asia curling region - first in Korea in 2018 and then in China in 2022 - and the increase in teams for the 2016 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships shows the popularity of curling here and the desire for our Member Associations to have the chance to compete in Olympic Games.
"After making their debut in this event last year I am pleased to report the Hong Kong men's outfit will be joined by their women's team this year. Also, after playing in the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship its a pleasure to have men's and women's teams from Qatar making their first appearances at the 2016 PACC.”
Following an opening ceremony this championship will run from Saturday 5 November until Saturday 12 November 2016. The event will work in the following stages, for both men and women – round-robin, tie-breakers (if required), semi-finals and then the bronze and gold medal finals.
In the days leading up to the PACC 2016 (1-4 November) a special Mixed Doubles competition will be held by the Local Organising Committee for teams from the Pacific-Asia region. Mixed Doubles will make its Olympic debut at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea.
PACC 2016 social media
Shortly, the event website for the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2016 will be live. For all the action go to, www.worldcurling.org/pacc2016. In the meantime please visit, http://www.worldcurling.org/events
To engage with this event on social media use the following hashtags – #curling and #pacc2016
Teams who finish between first and third place at Pacific-Asia Curling Championships, during this Olympic Cycle (2014-2017) will have the chance to compete in a special Olympic Qualification Event in December 2017, if they have not earned enough qualification points at World Men’s or World Women’s Curling Championships. To engage with the Olympic journey of our curling Member Associations use this hashtag – #Roadto2018 - and visit, http://www.worldcurling.org/pyeongchang-2018-olympic-winter-games