By Mike Rowbottom

world curling_19-10-11October 19 - The 2013 Ford World Men's Curling Championship will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, it has been confirmed.

The World Curling Federation (WCF) and the Canadian Curling Association (CCA) jointly confirmed that Canada, which has won 33 of the men's world titles since 1959, would host this event for the 21st time in its history.

The Championship will be held at the 6,500-seat Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre from March 30-April 7, 2013, the same venue which hosted the 2005 Ford World Men's, in the first year when the men's and women's World Championships were once again separated.

Twelve of the top men's curling teams in the world will compete at the event where WCF member associations will also earn qualifying points for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Kate Caithness, President of the WCF, said: "We're delighted to be returning to Victoria for the 2013 Ford World Men's Championship.

"Previous events held at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre have been hugely successful and a great platform for what is one of the pinnacles of the curling calendar.

"Our Member Associations will be delighted to return to Victoria in the knowledge that Canada will put on yet another first class event for the World to enjoy."

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Canada are the reigning champions, having won in 2011, skipped by Jeff Stoughton (pictured), in Regina, Saskatchewan.

"In collaboration with our partner, the World Curling Federation, the CCA is delighted to have the beautiful city of Victoria host another major curling championship," explained Greg Stremlaw, chief executive of the CCA.

"The Ford World Men's Curling Championship was highly successful in 2005, and we believe that Victoria is primed to build on this success in 2013 as they host the world."

Keith Dagg, host committee co-chair, added: "My co-chair, Chris Atchison, and myself, along with the entire curling community, are thrilled that the Ford World Men's Curling Championship is returning to Victoria.

"We both worked on the 2005 Championship, the first ever sports event held at the then new Save-on- Foods Memorial Centre, and we're proud that 17 of the 22 draws sold out.

"As a result, the host committee made a significant profit and the City now has a terrific curling programme as a legacy of hosting the event."

The 2012 World Men's Championship will be staged in Basel, Switzerland, between March 31 and April 8, and the 2012 Ford World Women's Curling Championship will take place from March 17 until 25 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

The 2013 World Women's Curling Championship has been awarded to Riga, capital of Latvia.

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