Japan will host this year's Pacific-Asia Curling Championships ©WCF/Tom Rowland

The World Curling Federation (WCF) has announced Wakkanai in Japan as the hosts of the 2020 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships.

The competition is set to return to Japan for the first time since 2014, when Karuizawa hosted the annual event.

The Championships are due to run from November 7 to 14 in Wakkanai, which is located on the island of Hokkaido.

"We are very happy to be returning to Japan for our Pacific-Asia Curling Championships," said WCF President Kate Caithness.

"This will be the 10th time Japan has hosted these Championships and I'm sure that they will once again produce a first-class event.

"This is an important event in our season where qualification to the World Championships will allow teams from our Pacific-Asia region to compete against the other elite women's and men's teams from around the world for places at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics."

The tournament is due to be the first international curling event to be held in Japan since the World Women's Curling Championship in Sapporo in 2015.

Matches will be held at the Wakkanai Midori Sports Park Curling Hall, in a multi-sport complex only 20 minutes away from the Wakkanai airport.

The venue is expected to be completed in October, prior to hosting the Championships the following month.

China won the women's title last year ©WCF
China won the women's title last year ©WCF

The World Curling Federation and Japan Curling Association said they are monitoring guidelines from the Japanese Government and international health authorities regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

The worldwide governing body said it expects the event to take place without disruption, but added that the health and safety of the athletes, spectators and event staff is of the utmost importance.

Evaluations on the viability of running the competition are expected to take place over the coming months.

South Korea won the men’s title in 2019 by beating Japan 11-2 in the gold medal match, while China clinched the women’s crown with a 10-3 win over Japan.

The Championships will serve as a qualifier for the World Curling Championships and World Qualification Event.