The New Zealand men are holding their own but the women have
work to do to improve their international curling ranking.
The New Zealand men retained their 12th spot in the latest
World Curling Federation ranking list released this week. The
women are in 20th spot.
There are 49 countries affiliated to the World Curling
Federation. The world rankings were developed by 1998 Olympic
champion Patrick Hürlimann (Switzerland). He was
vice-president of the World Curling Federation from 2010 to
Points are gained for top-level spots at the Asia and
Pacific, European and world championships and the Winter
The Olympic Games are special and the points are doubled.
China has moved from ninth to sixth over the past 12 months,
on the back of its win at the Asia and Pacific championships
at Naseby last month.
China and New Zealand are the only countries from the Asia
and Pacific region in the top 12.
The biggest mover was Russia, which moved up four places,
from 17th to 13th. The top five teams in the world remain the
same. Three teams from the Asia and Pacific region rank in
the women's top 12. China, the Asia and Pacific champions at
Naseby, is fourth.
The other teams from the region in the top 12 are Korea
(10th) and Japan (11th).
New Zealand has 20 points. The Olympic Games qualifying list
is different. Points can only be gained at the world
The New Zealand men are ranked fifth with eight points. They
did not make the cut and will not be able to add any more
qualifying points at next year's world championships.
The women's world championships will be held at Riga, Latvia,
on March 16-24 with the following teams: Latvia (as host),
Canada, United States, China, Japan, Russia, Scotland,
Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy and Germany.
The men's world championship will be held at Victoria,
Canada, from March 30 to April 7 with following teams: Canada
(as host), United States, China, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Russia, Switzerland, Scotland and Finland.
Men: Canada 782 points, Scotland 610, Norway 590,
Sweden 484, Switzerland 419, China 336, United States 336,
France 331, Germany 331, Denmark 318, Czech Republic 188, New
Women: Sweden 688 points, Canada 639, Switzerland 534,
China 502, Denmark 430, Germany 417, Scotland 387, United
States 354, Russia 328, Korea 237, Japan 230, Italy 169.