Beijing 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship Preview
The 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, gets underway on Saturday 29th March, in Beijing’s Capital Gymnasium. This will be the first time that China has hosted a World Championship event.
Scotland is represented by the men’s winner’s of The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships (right): skip Ewan MacDonald, third player Duncan Fernie, second David Reid, and lead Euan Byers; supported by alternate Glen Muirhead and coached by Tom Pendreigh (both not pictured).
The other eleven teams in the field are: Canada; hosts China; the Czech Republic; Denmark; Germany; Japan; Norway; Russia; Sweden; Switzerland and the USA, and five of these teams – China, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Russia took part in the recent Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Notably Sweden have selected the team led by Oskar Eriksson rather than the team skipped by Niklas Edin who won last year’s world title in Victoria, Canada and then took Olympic bronze in Sochi this season. Canada is represented by Kevin Koe’s team, who won this title in their only previous appearance at this event, in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy in 2010.
Round-robin play starts on Saturday, with Scotland facing the young Swedish team led by Eriksson in the opening session, their only appearance of the day. On Sunday they go on to play China and then Japan.
The round-robin continues through till Thursday 3rd April. After this, tie-breakers will be played, if needed, to determine the top four ranked teams. In this event, curling’s Page Play-off system will be used, in which the top two ranked teams from the round-robin face each other, with the winner of that game going direct to the final, and the loser being given a second chance by playing a semi-final against the winner of the Play-off between the teams ranked third and fourth. The winner of that sole semi-final goes onto the final to play for gold or silver, and the loser faces the Page 3/4 loser for bronze. These gold and bronze medal finals take place on Sunday 6th April.
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Throughout this event, full reports and reaction will be available here on this website shortly after each session.
Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel
Results, statistics, news and photos from the World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 can be found on the World Curling Federation’s official event website
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Photo MacDonald – Tom Brydone.