Australia are among the teams competing for a place in the mixed doubles competition at Beijing 2022 ©WCF/Celine Stucki

The final fields for the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles curling disciplines at Beijing 2022 are set to be determined at the Olympic qualification event in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands.

For the men’s and women’s competitions, this is the third time that an Olympic qualification event will be held, although it is the first-ever mixed doubles qualifier.

In the men’s discipline, hosts China, Sweden, Britain, Switzerland, the Russian Curling Federation, United States and Canada have already qualified.

Nine teams - the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands and Norway - are vying for three places in the men’s competition.

The same scenario applies in the women’s event, with the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Scotland and Turkey - contesting the three places.

They will be bidding to join China, Switzerland, the Russian Curling Federation, United States, Sweden, Denmark and Canada at Beijing 2022.

A single round-robin phase will be played in both the men’s and women’s events, with the top team qualifying for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

The teams that finish second and third will play a qualification game, with the winner going to Beijing 2022 and the defeated team taking on the nation that finishes fourth in the round-robin standings in a match to determine the final place.

In the mixed doubles, 14 teams are competing in two groups, with two places up for grabs alongside China, Britain, Norway, Sweden, Canada, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic at Beijing 2022.

Group A features Australia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Spain and Turkey, with Group B comprising Estonia, Finland, Japan, Korea, Latvia, New Zealand and the United States.

At the end of the round-robin stage, the teams that finish second and third in each group will play in qualification games, with the winners of those matches taking on the group winners.

The qualifiers for Beijing 2022 will be the winners of these two fixtures.

The event will be played behind closed doors due to coronavirus restrictions currently in place in The Netherlands, and is scheduled to conclude on December 18.

Mixed doubles action is due to open proceedings tomorrow, with four sessions of round-robin play scheduled.

Curling action at Beijing 2022 is scheduled to take place from February 2 to 20, with matches due to be held at the National Aquatics Center.