Pacific-Asia Curling Championships return to Olympic venue

  • Team Fujisawa return to Olympic venue © WCF / Céline Stucki

The Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2018 is set to take place at the Gangneung Curling Centre, the recent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games curling venue, in Gangneung, Republic of Korea this week.

The championships will run from Saturday 3 November until Saturday 10 November and will see teams from nine of the World Curling Federation’s 61 Member Associations playing for their place in the season’s upcoming World Curling Championships.

The championships will feature seven women’s teams and nine men’s teams. They are:

Women: Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, hosts Korea and Qatar.
Men: Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, hosts Korea, New Zealand and Qatar.

The Pacific-Asia Curling Championships will see two women’s and two men’s teams qualify directly for their respective World Curling Championship, while, for the first time, two more teams from each championship will progress to the new World Qualification Event, being held in Naseby, New Zealand in January 2019.

The men’s round-robin stage will begin at 18.30 on Saturday 3 November and run until 14.00 Thursday 8 November. The women’s round-robin stage begins at 14.00 on Sunday 4 November and concludes at 09.00 on Thursday 8 November.

The women’s semi-finals take place at 19.00 on Thursday 8 November and 14.00 on Friday 9 November. The men’s semi-finals take place on Friday 9 November at 09.00 and 19.00.

The women’s and men’s bronze medal games will take place at the same time on Saturday (10 November) at 08.30 and will be followed later that day with the women’s gold medal game at 12.30, then the men’s gold medal game at 16.30.

Women’s hosts and defending champion nation Korea, skipped by Minji Kim, begin the defence of their title in the opening session of the women’s round-robin against China. Returning silver medallists, Japan, will once again be represented by Satsuki Fujisawa – who will be returning to the venue where they won historic Olympic bronze medals in February. They will begin their competition in the same session against Australia.

In the men’s competition, hosts Korea, will be skipped by SooHyuk Kim, who last represented Korea at the 2016 World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland and will begin their championship at 18.30 on the opening day, in a repeat of last year’s gold medal final, against China.

World Curling TV will be producing a game from every session during the round robin, as well as every semi-final, one of the bronze medal games and both gold medal finals. Further details of broadcasting from the championships will be shared on the event website as it becomes available.

All times are Korean Standard Time (KST), which is +9 Universal Coordinated Time.

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