With the current batch of World Championship competitors in mind, I’m tempted to quote Tom Petty (as I often do in times of limbo) and say “The waiting is the hardest part”…
Except that, in light of all that’s happened since last Friday, it simply doesn’t apply this time.
Plenty of words have transpired since Monday’s initial announcement about the postponement of Worlds (and subsequent announcements about a "final decision" coming soon). Words about the difficult logistics of moving the event to a different country. Words about other countries inviting such a move anyway. Words (mostly Cinquanta’s) about postponing the event all the way to next October… words (mostly everyone else) about how much they dislike the October idea.
Words from would-be competitors like Ryan Bradley (via IceNetwork.com)…
Word from Japanese competitors like Nobunari Oda (via Toronto’s Globe and Mail; the article also mentions other Japanese skaters who have been declared “safe” from harm)
Words from bloggers like Vlad over at World Figure Skating, who raised the excellent question as to why the ISU doesn’t always have a “plan B” in times like these…
Words, words, and more words from Philip Hersh , including his voting in favor of canceling the entire event… and most recently on his blog, a post from Alissa Czisny stating why she thinks moving the event is the best option.
I tend to agree with the words of Czisny, as well as those in this article posted by CBC Sports … indicating Japan’s athletes could give the country a little boost if they got the chance to compete (and in 2 cases, defend their world titles) at some point this spring.
By now, I certainly hope it goes without saying that what’s happening in Japan far eclipses just about anything else in terms of What’s Important. And I don’t think anyone in the skating community is trying to suggest otherwise when they bring up the relocation option. It seems to me that if the Japanese world team is intact, and safe (I hear that they are, anyway), and still wants to compete, Worlds should still happen—logistics and profits be damned.
That’s my two cents, anyway. What do you think?