Full Story

China''s women''s curling team on their way to gold at the 8th Asian Winter Games - Sapporo 2017.
China plans curling boom ahead of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

23 Mar 2017
Beijing, China, March 23, 2017: China, world champions in 2009, did not perform well at the 2017 Beijing World Women's Curling Championship, reports Xinhua. The host team recorded only two wins from 11 round-robin matches and missed the chance to directly enter the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games. Chinese skip Wang Bingyu admitted that she and her teammates were under pressure on the home court. "All of us want to perform better, but the pressure is a bit high," she said.

Team coach Tan Weidong pointed out that, with so few people playing curling in China, it was difficult to select players for the national team. "There are actually no people to select for the national team; the selection range is no more than 200 players," Tan said.

Compare this to Canada, where there are 1.5 million players and 1,000 curling clubs. To date, China has won three World Women's Curling Championship medals, with their best result coming in 2009, when Wang Bingyu's team won gold in South Korea. China also won silver in 2008 and bronze in 2011.

However the sport is not yet rooted in China; there are only seven curling rinks and less than 900 registered curling players in the country.

The Chinese Curling Association signed a memorandum of understanding with the World Curling Federation in December 2016 which will see the two organisations work together to develop the sport of curling, both in China and around the world. This work will also play a vital role in the preparations for Beijing 2022.
Photos : 1
Videos : 0
print this article...

Send to a friend (E-mail this story to a friend)
Your name:  
Your email address:
Your friend e-mail address:
Any personal data submitted will not be used for any direct marketing or unsolicited follow-up.
Choose the latest News
  All News


Subscribe to receive OCA press releases and weekly newsletter

news archive

Search all the OCA news, including press releases, information for the media, Highlights of the Week and the Olympic Review


OCA Directory