On 2 September, at the World Curling Congress in Copenhagen, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and the World Curling Federation (WCF) announced the schedule for all Olympic competitions in curling and Paralympic competitions in wheelchair curling at the 2014 Games.
The Olympic curling tournament will take place from 10 - 21 February 2014 in the Ice Cube Curling Center. In total, 10 teams will compete for medals in men and women's tournaments, 8 of which have qualified based on the results of the World Curling Championships in 2012 and 2013.
For the women's Olympic tournament, the following countries have already made it through the competition stages: Great Britain, Denmark, Canada, Korea, Russia (as hosts), United States, Sweden and Switzerland. Tickets to Sochi have already been booked for athletes from Great Britain, Denmark, Canada, China, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. The two remaining men and women participants will be determined during the Olympic qualifying tournament that will be staged from 10 - 15 December 2013, in Füssen (Germany).
During the Games 10 mixed teams will compete for awards in Paralympic wheelchair curling at the tournament, which will be held in the Ice Cube Curling Center from 8-15 March 2014. Those taking part in the Paralympic tournament have already been announced and include: Great Britain, Canada, China, Korea, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, the USA, Finland and Sweden.
The full schedule for the Olympic curling tournament and Paralympic wheelchair curling tournament can be found here: INSERT LINK
Notes to the Editor
The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will take place from 7 - 23 February 2014. Overall, 6,000 athletes and team members from 85 countries will take part. In total 98 sets of awards will be contested in 7 Olympic sports, 12 more than at the Vancouver Games in 2010 and 14 more than the Turin Games in 2006.
The XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi will be staged from 7 to 16 March 2014. 1,650 athletes and team members from 45 countries will attend. 72 sets of awards will be given in 5 Paralympic types of sports.
There will be 25,000 volunteers and around 13,000 accredited press representatives, TV and radio broadcasters and photographers at the Sochi Games in 2014. A TV audience of approximately 3 billion will watch the Sochi Games around the world.