The Dutch curling men started the World Cup in Calgary with a defeat.

Skip Jaap van Dorp's team lost 5-8 against Russia on Friday.

The Orange squad, with Wouter Gösgens, Laurens Hoekman and Carlo Glasbergen in action on the ice floor, kept the game in balance until the fourth end, but the Russians took distance in the two subsequent ends.

Later in the day, the Netherlands comes into action against Norway.

In total, the team of national coach Shari Leibbrandt-Demmon plays thirteen games in Canada.

The Netherlands is also chasing a ticket for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing at the World Cup.

For that, the team must finish in the top six.

If the Orange does not succeed, a second chance will follow at the Olympic qualifying tournament.

That tournament is scheduled for the end of this year.