• Kyodo


SC Karuizawa, looking to get a Japanese men’s curling team in the Olympics for the first time since 1998, opened its world championship with a 9-5 win over Italy on Saturday.

So far, only host South Korea has qualified for next February’s Pyeongchang Olympics, but seven berths are up for grabs in Edmonton, and will be handed out to the teams with the best combined finish from this tournament and last year’s worlds. Japan was fourth last year and needs to finish in the top seven here to secure its Olympic spot.

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