News from our newspaper (Reporter Xie Chen) The World Curling Federation recently announced that after extensive consultations, it has decided to expand the 2021 men's and women's world curling championship teams from 13 to 14 teams, including the Chinese men's team and the Italian women's team. Respectively added to obtain qualifications for the World Championships.
The World Curling Federation issued a statement last month announcing the cancellation of five World Championship qualifying matches for the 2020-2021 season. After comprehensively considering the rankings and world rankings of the teams in the 2019 World Championships qualifiers, the list of 13 men's and women's teams for the 2021 World Curling Championships was announced. As the champion of the Asia Pacific Curling Championships in 2019, the Chinese women's team directly qualified for the World Championships next year, while the Chinese men's team, which won the third place at that time, missed the championship. The highest-ranked team among all unqualified teams can still participate in the World Championships. Therefore, the Russian men's team ranked 11th in the world got a ticket, and the Chinese men's team ranked 13th in the world failed to qualify.
However, the World Curling Federation also received a request to evaluate whether it is possible to include those teams that have qualifications for the 2020 World Curling Championships but fail to meet the 2021 World Championships requirements. After a series of evaluations, the World Curling Federation finally announced that the Chinese men's team and the Italian women's team, which are qualified for the 2020 World Championships, will be additionally qualified for the 2021 World Curling Championships.