13 September, 2013
The World Curling Federation (WCF) and Japan Curling Association announced today that the Tsukisamu Gymnasium in Sapporo, Japan will host the World Women’s Curling Championship in 2015.
The championship will take place between 14-22 March 2015 on the northern island of Hokkaido in Japan, where Sapporo is situated.
This will be the second time that Japan has hosted the World Women’s Curling Championship after the same event was held in Aomori in 2007, won by a team skipped by Kelly Scott from Canada. Nine years earlier, Karuizawa, in central Japan, hosted the curling event at the 1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games.
“We are delighted to be returning to Japan for the World Women’s Curling Championship in 2015,” said World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness. She continued: “Japan will always have a special place in the heart of curling as it is where our sport returned to the Olympic programme in 1998 at the Winter Games in Nagano. Since then, our sport has grown considerably throughout this region and we have no doubt that this event will drive further development in this part of the world.”
The Mayor of Sapporo, Fumio Ueda, is also looking forward to welcoming the international curling community to the city. He said: “It is a great honour and pleasure for the city of Sapporo to be selected as host city of 2015 World Women’s Curling Championship and to have an opportunity to see world-class performances from the top athletes. I hope this will stimulate public interest in curling and lead to its further popularisation.”
He added: “I would like everyone to work together closely for the success of this championship in the hope that people who participate in the event as well as those who come to watch the games enjoy a wonderful experience. In March 2015, the citizens of Sapporo will welcome you all with the mentality of ‘Omotensashi’ (hospitality).”
Japan will automatically qualify as hosts for the World Women’s Curling Championship in 2015, while the winners of the Pacific-Asia Curling Championship (or second placed team if Japan win), the top two teams from the Americas Zone and the eight top placed teams from the European Curling Championship in 2014 will also qualify to play in Sapporo.
Women’s and Men’s teams in Japan are currently playing in their Olympic Qualification Event trials in Sapporo. The winning teams will represent Japan at the Olympic Qualification Event that will be held in Füssen, Germany between 10-15 December 2013 to determine the final two men’s and women’s team spots for the curling competition at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
You can follow the latest action from Japan here: http://www.sapporo-curling.org (Japanese only) while more information about the Olympic Qualification Event can be found here: http://sochi2014.curlingevents.com/oqe
About the Tsukisamu Gymnasium
This gymnasium was completed in February 1972 by Sapporo City as the site for ice hockey games of the Sapporo Winter Olympic Games.
Address: Tsukisamu East 1-jo 8-chome 1-1, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo