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Thirteen countries to compete at 2020 World Women’s Curling championships

Anne Davidson vice chair of hosting for the 2020 World Women’s Curling Championship shows a map with flags of all 13 countries that will be competing. Bill Phillips photo

Canadian curling fans now know the entire slate of teams their country will compete against at the 2020 World Women’s Curling Championship after the final pair of teams were determined at a World Qualification Event last week.

Prince George will welcome South Korea and Italy to the CN Centre from March 14-22 after they secured the final two spots in the 13-team field at the last-chance event in Lohja, Finland. 

South Korea’s Un Chi Gim went undefeated at the event and picked up the first spot available after defeating Italy’s Veronica Zappone 6-5 in the 1 vs. 2 game. Italy dropped down to the second-place game where Zappone doubled Turkey’s Dilsat Yildiz 8-4 to claim the final spot available.

South Korea will be making its 10th appearance at the international women’s event and coming off its best performance ever in 2019 where Minji Kim won bronze. Italy’s trip to Prince George will mark its 20th occasion competing at the event. 

The last time Italy competed at the event was in 2018 where Diana Gasperi represented the nation in North Bay, Ont., and Canada’s Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg was undefeated, winning her second world championship.

Canada received its entry into the 2020 World Women’s Curling Championship as the host nation and the United States won its spot through the Americas Zone Challenge earlier this season. Seven curling teams – Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland – claimed berths at the European Curling Championships and two – China and Japan – won spots through the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships.

Teams will surely be giving it their all for the chance to win the world title and also gain valuable qualifying points for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. 

It’s not too late for fans to get tickets to see these 13 nations live and in-person in Prince George. A variety of single draw tickets options are available for as low as $17.50, ideal for any budget. For those wanting to catch more of the action, a variety of ticket packages are available for as low as $45.  

Tickets are available at curling.ca/tickets, in person at the CN Centre Box Office, or by calling 1-888-293-6613. 

Fans will get the chance to meet these athletes from all over the world during the biggest curling party in the province at the World Famous Patch, just a small indoor walk away from the arena at Kin 1 Arena inside the CN Centre. In addition to great food, music and entertainment teams will be stopping in all week long to meet with the crowds.

All event information, including ticket offers and volunteer opportunities, can be found at www.curling.ca/2020worldwomen

TSN/RDS2 will provide complete coverage of every Canadian game at the 2020 World Women’s Championship.

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