Russia to host second World Mixed Curling Championship

  • World Mixed Curling Championship 2016 to be held in Kazan Photo: Russian Curling Federation

It has been announced today (29 October) that the Russian Curling Federation will host the second World Mixed Curling Championship, in 2016, and will break new ground for world championship curling by taking it to the city of Kazan.

The open entry event for all World Curling Federation (WCF) Member Associations will be held in the 3500 seater Kazan Sports Palace between Saturday 15 and 22 October.

This will be the seventh major international curling event to be held in Russia since 2010, following on from the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, in 2014, and World Mixed Doubles and Senior Curling Championships, in 2015, both held in Sochi.

WCF President Kate Caithness said: “We’re pleased to announce that the second edition of the World Mixed Curling Championship will be heading into new territory by being held in Kazan, Russia.

“The Russia Curling Federation are very ambitious in their efforts to develop curling in their country and have a track record of organising first-class curling championships, and I’m sure that this event will be no exception.”

President of the Russian Curling Federation, Dmitry Svischev, said: "The goal of the Russian Curling Federation is to be part of international curling, not only from the national team’s performance point of view, but also to provide an excellent platform for major sporting events.

“Recently we have held first-class World Mixed Doubles and Seniors Championships in Sochi proving that Russia is a strong organiser of such events. We’re happy that another Russian city, Kazan, was elected to host the World Mixed Curling Championship 2016. The Local Organizing Committee has already started its work to ensure the success of the event.

“I’m sure this championship will be the driving force for development of curling both in this specific region and at a national level.”

Member Associations are invited to enter one mixed gender team for this event, consisting of two male and two female athletes.

Mixed Curling is played following the same rules as 'traditional' curling with the exception that games will be played up to a maximum of eight ends, delivery rotation must alternate between each gender and the skip and vice-skip must be from the opposite sex. Also, no alternate (substitute) athletes are permitted.

Norway are the current World Mixed Curling champions, winning Gold at the inaugural event in Berne, Switzerland, last month (September 2015). Sweden collected Silver at that event, with China winning the Bronze. Russia came very close to medalling in Berne. They lost out to China 5-4 in the Bronze medal match.

Kazan, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, has more than 1000 years of history. Kazan is known as a sports capital of Russia. It has hosted numerous events including the Summer Universiade in 2013 and World Aquatics Championships in 2015.

The Kazan Sport Palace, is located in the heart of the city, it has capacity for 3500 spectators and was reconstructed in 2000.

World Curling Championships and Olympic events in Russia:

  • World Senior Curling Championships 2010: Chelyabinsk

  • World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013: Sochi

  • World Junior Curling Championships 2013: Sochi

  • Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Men’s, Women’s & Wheelchair Curling): Sochi

  • World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015: Sochi

  • World Senior Curling Championships 2015: Sochi