World curling finals head for Scotland in 2014

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Three major curling finals will be held in Scotland during 2014.

The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and world senior men's and women's curling championships are heading for Dumfries Ice Bowl.

More than 30 senior teams from around the world are expected to compete, along with a similar number of mixed doubles teams, between April 22 and 29.

It will be the first time that Scotland will host the mixed event, which began in 2008 in Vierumaki, Finland.

However, Scotland has previously staged the world seniors - in 2005 at Greenacres.

This year's mixed and seniors events are due to begin on 13 April in Fredericton, Canada.

The main women's event was played in Riga, Latvia, last month, , with the men's event that followed in Victoria, British Columbia, being won by Sweden.

It had already been announced that the 2014 men's finals would be heading for Beijing in China, with Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada, hosting the women's event.

Now Scotland has been chosen to play host to the other three major finals.

Dumfries and Galloway councillor Finlay Carson said: "It is a fantastic achievement for Dumfries and Galloway to be selected to stage such a prestigious event.

"The investment our council has put into the Dumfries Ice Bowl now allows us to stage world championship events."

World Curling Federation president Kate Caithness added: "The south-west of Scotland has a long tradition with curling and it is very fitting that these World Curling Federation championship events will be hosted in a region which has produced so many fine curlers."