03-14-2011, 11:51 AM
Like subtlety in ice dancing
It's possible Cinquanta and the ISU isn't discussing even the consideration of a relocation right off the bat out of respect for the Japanese Skating Federation, whose representatives may be insisting that we should wait and see if Japan can host the championships after all. Or maybe there are rules I don't know about, or logistics issues that prevent relocating a World Championship so close to the planned date for it.
03-14-2011, 12:15 PM
Really, where did Speedy used the words "may not happen"?
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
03-14-2011, 12:19 PM
No way Worlds will be held in Japan, sorry....
Earthquake, Tsunami and a possible nuclear disaster is too much.
03-14-2011, 12:43 PM
Well done to Philip Hersh for finding out what is going.
Originally Posted by attyfan
According to Philip Hersh's piece, Skate Canada have definitely ruled out Canada hosting the event. My gut instinct remains that it will go to Lausanne. Appears as though Canada wants to keep the 2013 worlds in London, Ontario, and does not want that changed. I think that is what the reference to "cause the ISU problems" was related to
Originally Posted by gottadance
Last edited by oksanafan; 03-14-2011 at 12:55 PM.
03-14-2011, 12:44 PM
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
In view of the history between Japan and South Korea, not to mention the skating rivalry, I really hope they don't move Worlds to Korea. That would be an unnecessary blow right now. I wonder if Greenville or Spokane where recent US Nats were held would be possible. Both had great audiences (which can't be taken for granted in the US) and I don't remember hearing any complaints about the venues. I guess it's moot if the USFSA doesn't propose it themselves though.
03-14-2011, 01:14 PM
I guess the question is whether any other country can slap together a venue on short notice. I don't think that's impossible.
03-14-2011, 01:49 PM
Constable , Costume Police
wallylutz.. the statement on the ISU Homepage includes this sentence,
" The postponment of the Event or alternatively the final cancellation is under evaluation ."
It can't be delayed indefinitely , but it's difficult to pull everything together in a short time . So taking their statement and Hersh's info together ,it seems to me the situation is that they have 3-4 days in which to find an alternative location (in order to hold the event within the next 3-4 weeks). If Japan should be able to give assurances of safety within those 3-4 days ( which seems extremely unlikely) it could go ahead there at a later date . If Japan can't , and no other feasible alternative appears in 3-4 days , they'll run out of time and the whole event will have to be cancelled.
Last edited by colleen o'neill; 03-14-2011 at 01:58 PM.
03-14-2011, 02:00 PM
At the press conference on March 14th, the JSF vice-president K. Suzuki said there's no plan to relocate world championships to other countries. He also explained that finding a suitable venue in other places of Japan would be difficult. The procedure for refunding the tickets will be announced as soon as decisions are made.
After the ISU's decision to cancel world FS championships in Tokyo, the JSF director on figure skating H. Ito said, although other options like postponement and relocation to other places are considered, the chances are not favorable. In effect, world championships in Tokyo is canceled.
03-14-2011, 02:05 PM
The more I think of this situation, the more I think the event will be cancelled completely out of respect for Japan. What they are going through at the moment is becoming more horrendous and in comparison the World Championships is really not important.
03-14-2011, 02:10 PM
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Oksanafan ...setting the 2013 World's aside , we're going into hockey playoff season in Canada and it might be very difficult to get a suitable arena in time.
03-14-2011, 02:38 PM
Originally Posted by PolymerBob
It is impossible on a short notice. Are you guys aware what does it take to organize such an event? Couple of months yes, couple of weeks, no.
03-14-2011, 03:05 PM
According to the following, the ISU vice president doesn't think relocating the event is possible. He seems to think holding it in Tokyo in 4-6 weeks is a more likely option (with the only other option to cancel):-
However, Dore ignores the fact that it is still possible to hold a so-called 'no-frills' championship at another location. Why not? Its better than cancelling altogether
Last edited by oksanafan; 03-14-2011 at 03:12 PM.
03-14-2011, 03:14 PM
No doubt it would be a formidable task to have it moved to another location BUT this is a time when everybody in the figure skating world needs to rise to the occasion , put all their creative energy into this project and make it happen . What a great message it would send to the sports world in general and to those people who say figure skating is dead, if it could be pulled off. Certainly it wouldnt be a perfect event and many of the " trimmings " might have to be dropped but I refuse to beleive ,in this day and age, that it cant be done if everybody puts political differences to one side and focus' on this effort. We owe it to the skaters who have put a lifetime of work and sacrifice into their sport ( not to mention money ) to give this a 100% effort.
Originally Posted by herios
03-14-2011, 03:34 PM
I like the idea of either waiting 6 weeks to see if Japan will be able to hold the event, or doing a no-frills event (possibly not even televised) just for the sake of the skaters.
Last edited by Snoopy; 03-14-2011 at 03:36 PM.
03-14-2011, 03:35 PM
I really doubt that getting the skating community to pull together is much of an issue. I would think plain old logistics and operations are going to be the crux of the problem. The ISU will have to find not only a venue, but enough hotels WITH ENOUGH OPEN ROOMS in the immediate area for the skaters/coaches/families/etc., not to mention enough available transportation to move people around, volunteers to help run the event, and just plain old attendees. Since they're going to have to refund all the tickets for the Tokyo event, will enough people buy tickets to an event on a different continent that's likely at least a month later? Lots of people take time off and make plans to attend Worlds a year in advance. Many aren't going to be able to eat their original travel costs and take more time off and spend the money to get tickets and hotel rooms for an event somewhere else. I don't think the ISU can pay for Worlds without decent ticket sales. And those are the issues I can think of just off the top of my head; I'm sure there are a lot more things that would need to be pulled together really quickly that are just plain out of people's control. I would guess things aren't looking good for Worlds right now.
Originally Posted by gottadance