An optional sport at the 21st Winter Universiade in Tarvisio (2003), Curling became a compulsory sport at the 23rd edition in Torino (2007). Since then, there always has been a reserve list as all spots for the men’s and women’s tournament are always taken and the competition is fierce!

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 Lake Placid (USA) 12-22 January


 Lucerne (SUI) 11-21 December


 Krasnoyarsk (RUS), 2-12 March


Almaty (KAZ), 29 Jan. - 8 Feb.


 Granada (ESP), 4-14 February


 Strbske Pleso / Osrblie (SVK) 24 Jan. - 1 Feb.


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Curling Competitions

Today’s curling competitions are organised with a maximum of twenty (20) teams - ten (10) women’s and ten (10) men’s. Each team may enter five (5) players. The running of competitions is always supervised by the FISU Technical Chair for curling and the WCF Technical Delegate, who chair all technical meetings concerned. All sport facilities must be provided with the necessary equipment by the Organising Committee of the host country. The student competitions in curling have become much more interesting in terms of coverage thanks to the cooperation with TV sports magazines, highlights and live broadcasting, where big progress has been achieved. The 2011 WU curling competitions in Erzurum attracted an enormous number of spectators.


The History of Curling in FISU

Curling entered the Winter Universiade sports programme as an optional sport at the 21st edition of the WU in Tarvisio, Italy in 2003. The World Curling Federation (WCF), together with the National Federation, played a primary role in the organisation of the competitions, which turned out to be extremely interesting for the participants and the numerous spectators. Six men’s teams (NOR, KOR, RUS, SUI, GBR, USA) and five women’s teams (NOR, KOR, RUS, SUI, USA) entered the competition, resulting in an exciting battle between Russia and Canada in the women’s category (1. Russia, 2. Canada, 3. Norway). In the men’s category the ranking was as follows: 1.Canada, 2.Switzerland, 3. Korea.


The curling tournament for men and women has already been held seven times at the WU and each time it was an enormous success. Now that curling is a compulsory sport of the Winter Universiade sports programme, the future of international university curling is assured. Thanks to the excellent cooperation between the World Curling Federation (WCF) and FISU, we closely follow the evolution of this sport to develop our competition programme. The level of play at the 2007 Winter Universiade in Torino was world-class, particularly for the mixed junior male and female competitors, who provided an excellent competition. As an example, three members of the Russian women’s team played at the ECH afterwards and won the bronze medal. Les Harrison (CAN), the WCF President, was the first FISU Technical Chair for curling. Jeanette JOHNSTON (GBR) replaced him in the fall of 2007.


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