World Curling Federation forges Chinese development partnership

The World Curling Federation (WCF) has signed a global development partnership with the Chinese Curling Association (CCA) ahead of Beijing’s staging of the 2022 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Memorandum of Understanding will see the two organisations work together to develop the sport of curling, both in China and across the world.

WCF president Kate Caithness said: “This (MoU) will not only assist them in their aim of developing a legacy of 300 million Chinese playing winter sports by 2022, but will also help the WCF continue to grow the sport around the world.”

The next two editions of the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Asia. The two winter Games in Pyeongchang, Korea in 2018 and Beijing in 2022 will have four medal events for curling – women’s, men’s, mixed doubles and wheelchair.

China has gained one medal in curling, picking up bronze in the women’s competition at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. The men’s team lost out to Sweden in the bronze medal match at the 2014 Games in Sochi.