The first test events for curling at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games are now complete.
Labelled “Experience Beijing” and running from Apr. 1 through Apr. 10, the detailed testing program was executed in two phases at all five competition venues in the Beijing cluster—the National Aquatics Centre (the curling “Ice Cube”), the National Indoor Stadium, National Speed Skating Oval, Capital Indoor Stadium and Wukesong Sports Centre.
All Beijing 2022 ice sports were tested, including curling, speed skating (long and short track), figure skating, ice hockey, Para ice hockey (formerly sledge hockey) and wheelchair curling.
Following a mixed doubles championship, the final curling test event was Paralympic in nature, featuring wheelchair curlers.
According to a Beijing 2022 release, everything from sport-by-sport venue operations to the overall command system, as well as COVID-19 countermeasures were given successful tests.
Domestic and foreign journalists attended the ice events to test media operations. Approximately 600 spectators attended the curling events as part of the testing scheme.
Cloud broadcasting services ensured uninterrupted live streams and provided “free visual angle” technology, allowing audiences watching on mobile phones, VR headsets or TVs to choose their camera angles during the competitions.
Within the venue, robots will deliver documents, equipment and baggage along pre-set routes to minimize human contact.
The curling tests marked the third time the 2000 Olympic “Water Cube” swimming venue was transformed from a water to ice venue.
The process will be executed again in October when the 2021 World Wheelchair Curling Championship takes place as the official Paralympic wheelchair curling test event prior to the Games.
The recent World Wheelchair “B” Championship declared the final three nations to compete in the upcoming world titleshoot.
Beijing’s tests events for snow and sliding events were held successfully back in February.