Taiwan to get Four Continents again in 2016!
I was reading through communications published by the ISU and it seems that Chinese Taipei is hosting the Four Continents again.
I love Taiwan, it's a great country and the food is delicious and the history and culture is astounding but seeing the below woeful turnout in the first couple of days and the lack of live or not live broadcasters was especially disappointing but for some reason, the ISU has given the host of the 2016 competition back to Taiwan!
I am wondering why that is the case because Figure Skating is not a star sport in Taiwan and there are so many other cities the ISU can choose that will draw more people to watch. And if they want the popularity of the sport to grow in small nations, there are other small skating nations that they could explore! It baffles me as it Chinese Taipei doesn't seem like a big player in the congress.
Maybe more in North America or China or Japan or maybe even Hong Kong or the Philippines (This nation has had a sudden rush of good skaters!). Or Australia (The ISU did take the 2000 Worlds away from Australia and gave it to France- I wonder if Didier of the French Federation had anything to do with that?)...i don't know but somewhere else would be great- I'm not picking on a country (I am part Chinese) but for the sake of promoting skating, the ISU need to make better decisions and venture out.
What are your thoughts?
I believe that the problem is more finding someone who is willing to host it. This competition is never very popular or well-attended and, I am pretty sure, always loses money for the organizers.
Most of the ice rinks in Hong Kong and Philippines locates in the shopping malls. I'm sure they are not up to the ISU standard.
Taiwan seems to be more than happy to spend lots and lots of money with figure skating lately. Not so sure why they fail to bring up the popularity.
Australia will be one of the best options, really.
neither 4cc in Colorado Springs 2012 was very crowded, and in Taipei at least they give the tickets free and I think Korea would be great for another 4cc.
I was more surprised and dissapointed with Cup of Russia, Sochi is so close and Russia have so many good skaters, so I would thought people were excited in Russia, but no. Skate America 2013 was full with japanese people, so american people are not very interesed in FS. The only good countries for 4cc are Japan and Canada, but if Taiwan can absorb the costs of a competition like that it is ok, and with big names people will go, when Mao was in 4cc in Taiwan japanese people went there.
Make Singapore its permanent home, make it a figure skating exposition featuring skating clubs, manufactures, symposiums, work shops, etc, etc, etc, and let the skating event be the central attraction; there, done.
Originally Posted by Mathman
Taiwan was pretty good in terms of attendees back in 2011. This season, likely many of the Takahashi/Asada fans from Japan didn't attend like they would've back in 2011.
Part of me wonders if Taiwan does it because there is some talk of them bidding for the Olympics at some point. In that context, hosting of international sports events is a big plus. Who knows though.
I was personally quite surprised to see the apparent lack of attendance at Russian Nationals this year, at least judging from YouTube videos of the event.
Originally Posted by chapis
I would not mind if 4CC was in Vancouver again. It's been 5 years anyways, so... I'm up for it.
Originally Posted by BusyMom
There should be a a large indoor arena in hong kong. With skating on the rise in asia, and the fact that china is really making positive strides in improving in all four main disciplines makes Hong Kong a wise choice. Its also a central economic hub of Asia- think of all the new sponsorship opportunities.
The Philippines might need more time but they have made big strides in the mens singles discipline and the ISU held a skating development camp and competition in the philippines last year.
I know this might be a weird thing to say but i think Australia would love it if they hosted 4CC. This sport is so different to all the sports Australian TV broadcast thatit just might work. Australians love a good discussion, debate or rant and there are so many things people can talk about skating. Last olympics, the australian broadcasters showed alot of figure skating (like most of the short programs and the top10 free skates at least) and had ALOT of panel discussions about figure skating from the quad controversy to costumes to music etc. This year Australia hosted its first Senior International B and live streamed its national championships and we also had a JGP a couple of years ago- baby steps...
Taiwan probably wants to host because their Japanized, rather feminine culture totally digs figure skating. They like all things sweet and cutsy. It's a good thing, a brand new market for figure skating. I watched the Taiwanese broadcast a bit and the commentators were completely in love with Zijun Li. If Zijun were to be one of their own I believe Taiwanese media could totally make her into their own Mao Asada, whereas in China, figure skating is not a major sport by any means and no one apart from an OGM will get much attention.
They should find some US skaters with Taiwanese parents to compete for them. Karen Chen has Taiwanese parents.
I also wonder why Australia can't host a 4CC. Seems like a 4CC outside of the main 2C should at least happen once.
another year with 20 - 50 people in the audience ?
maybe Australia should try hosting
Yeap. Remember the JGP in Brisbane because it was the one with Jason Brown. lol. Nice rink with decent audio system. Nice size of audiences too.
Originally Posted by GF2445
Too bad, with Russian Fed behinds it all, The JGPs always end up in eastern European country. With no direct flight, very little attendance and very chabby rink, no wonder only the Russian babies dominate the fields since they've been competed in these rinks on regular basis.
well, at least there is one JGP in Japan next season. can't wait...
Yeah! Lets get this party started.
I wonder if Australia doesn't host 4CC because it is Summer there at the time 4CC takes place
I hope South Korea hosts before the next Olympics.
I bet they'd like to get a run-through for one of the marquee events in the OWG.
I also bet Yuna could/probably would do a lot to market a 4CC in SK.
I guess that lets out Hong Kong, with their Britishized masculine culture that groves on cricket players in their spiffy whites.
Originally Posted by noidont