The first tour of men’s Deaflympic curling tournament took place today in the Ice Palace of Khanty-Mansiysk. Several hundreds of spectators have come to the sport venue to watch the Games.
The first stones were thrown at 10:00 a.m. thus marking the first curling competitions held in Ugra open.
The first game of the tournament was won by favorites of the competitions – team of Canada. Curling players from maple leaf country have won Switzerland with a score 10:2.
The team of Russia has lost in the game against Japan 8:9. «Team of Japan has very interesting tactics and technique. They are using takeouts to remove our guards all the time. It’s remarkable that they have an absolutely different way of thinking», – said a vice-skip of Russian team Alexander Pyatkov after the game.
He told that the team feels confident. «We are in a good condition and are very satisfied with our game. This is only the first day of the tournament, maybe we felt a bit nervous, hope that tomorrow we will start winning», – said the player of Russian curling team.
In other game of the tournament the team of Ukraine won USA. A curling player from USA John J. Knetzger commented on the condition of ice in Khanty-Mansiysk: «The conditions here are really good». Talking about sport fans he confessed that it would be better to get more support from the audience. «Russians were supporting their team, Japanese were supporting their countrymen. We didn’t get such support so we were just playing as best we could», – said Knetzger.
The team of South Korea won the game against Hungary. Korean fans came to “Ugra Arena” to support their team. Upon the end of the game the players have thanked the audience.