Tuesday, March 22, 2011

2011 Worlds Update: Look For a Relocation Decision By Week's End

The latest from the ISU (via an interview with Ottavio Cinquanta for IceNetwork) indicates they hope to have a relocation announcement for Worlds by this Friday (March 25)... and that the relocation will be in late April or early May in either North America or Europe.

Read the newest article here.

If you're interested in the criteria a "host city" needs in this situation, chcek this post from Vlad at the World Figure Skating blog.

More soon... (we hope)

P.S. While I'm painfully aware that folks in Japan probably have much, much more important things to do right now than keep tabs on the skating blogs... I'd still love to hear from you if you happen to stop by. Please let us know how you're doing if you're so inclined.


Anonymous said...

I'm in Tokyo, where damage was minor (and NOTHING really, compared to our Tohoku areas) but still living under constant radiation threats should the situation get out of hand.
Skating fans here have been just as disappointed with the postponement of the Worlds as those elsewhere, but with mixed feelings, obviously, with such tragedy closer at hand.
I appreciate the words of many skaters stating that skating is, in times like this, of secondary concern, but also feel for them that their hours of training to prepare for this got disrupted in such an unexpected way.
It's clear now that Japan is in no situation to be able to host the event this year, but am genuinely glad IMO that at least it will be held NOT in October but earlier.
It might take years to fully recover from this catastrophe, but we will, and I look forward to when our country can once again prove that we are a safe, efficient and top-tier host for the most important event in figure skating.

Kelli Lawrence said...

Thank you for such a thoughtful post!! So glad to hear from you.

The people of Japan remain steadfastly in our thoughts and prayers.

Ono said...

Thank you for your concern.
I'm not living in a suffered area, but it is painful to face the reality.
I feel like, something is different than they were before. I can't explain what it is.
but I believe we will survive this.
and thank you to many people over the world who give us courage.
I was so excited to go to Tokyo for Worlds, but now kind of relieved it will be held in another coutry. If I lived in Tokyo, I won't run away. But in this circumstances, I can't say the skaters to come to Tokyo.
I really hope all the skaters can restart for adjustment asap and they can bring thier best.

Kelli Lawrence said...

Thank you for your note Ono! Our hearts go out to you all.

I know there of at least one skating event being planned in the U.S. to raise relief aid for Japan... I'll post about it soon.