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a56
03-13-2011, 05:40 PM
Figure skating, in a solidarity Elan with the Japanese, if they wish, and with the athletes, we should take the World Cup in Switzerland.
I think Switzerland would be an ideal venue, even if the event is postponed until the summer or fall for logistical reasons, since there is such a long off season in figure skating. Switzerland is in central Europe. Most of the federations, officials, and skaters are from Europe. I know some European countries were unable to send their skaters to some of this year's events because of the distance, so Europe would be ideal.

taz'smum
03-13-2011, 05:41 PM
Latest message from Florent on Facebook:

rentre au plus vite ! mondes annulés .
Come back as soon as possible ! start to be too dangerous .
Worlds delete

His translation into English is not the best, but translating directly from his French, he is saying, he's coming home as quickly as possible! The Worlds are cancelled!!!

Aaron W
03-13-2011, 05:42 PM
Amodio is saying that worlds are canceled on his facebook :(

If that's true, I wonder if it's just canceled in Japan or canceled altogether (i.e. no other alternate location next month)?

alilou
03-13-2011, 05:42 PM
Fate of figure skating worlds to be decided by Monday
http://www.freep.com/article/20110313/SPORTS17/110313006/Fate-figure-skating-worlds-decided-by-Monday

the ISU will release a further statement as soon as possible but latest in the morning of Monday, March 14, 2011."

Andrey aka Pushkin
03-13-2011, 05:43 PM
Walla News reports more problems at Onagawa and Tokai nuclear stations, the latter being in Tokyo's proximity. No exact information is published as of now, abnormal radiation level has been measured in Onagawa and the plant moves to the lowest emergency state.

I feel the chances of the Worlds being held in Tokyo are less than optimistic now.

WildRose
03-13-2011, 05:43 PM
Olympic volunteers also came from across the country.

They would only need a very small percentage of the volunteers who worked the Olympics. Look - I know it's a long shot. But *if* it's possible to move it, Vancouver seems more likely to be able to pull it off than many of the other options mentioned.

a56
03-13-2011, 05:47 PM
They would only need a very small percentage of the volunteers who worked the Olympics. Look - I know it's a long shot. But *if* it's possible to move it, Vancouver seems more likely to be able to pull it off than many of the other options mentioned.
Vancouver is a really good suggestion because of their prior worlds, Olympics, Four Continents, and nationals hosting experiences. If the ISU just postpones worlds for a few months for logistical relations as needed, I know that the Canadians would do a great job hosting, as always.

overedge
03-13-2011, 05:47 PM
They would only need a very small percentage of the volunteers who worked the Olympics. Look - I know it's a long shot. But *if* it's possible to move it, Vancouver seems more likely to be able to pull it off than many of the other options mentioned.

I question whether they would be able to get even a small percentage of those volunteers on a week's notice.

IIRC when Worlds was in Vancouver the volunteers were required to commit at least 30(?) hours over the week. It wasn't just a case of showing up for an afternoon or two. Admittedly they had a year or more to recruit volunteers, so the volunteers could make pre-arrangements to be free for that amount of time. But if the volunteer hours need several hundred people to give 30 or more hours each......I really don't think that's feasible to arrange in a week.

alhrayth
03-13-2011, 05:47 PM
Dominique Blanc of Switzerland posted the following on her Facebook status:

Eiskunstlauf, in einem Solidaritätselan mit den Japanern, wenn sie es wünschen, und mit den Sportlern, sollten wir die WM in der Schweiz übernehmen. Man kann telquel die EM-Erfahrung mitnehmen. Es braucht nur ein bisschen Mut und viel Arbeit zwar, aber gegenüber was die Japaner jetzt machen müssen, ist es peanuts!

Rough translation:
Figure skating, in a solidarity Elan with the Japanese, if they wish, and with the athletes, we should take the World Cup in Switzerland. You can take the tel quel EM experience. It only takes a little courage and hard work, but compared to what the Japanese have now, it's peanuts!

:scream: one Bern was moooooooore than enough!!! °_°

bek
03-13-2011, 05:48 PM
IF Worlds was moved it would have to be longer than a weeks notice

Jot the Dot Dot
03-13-2011, 05:48 PM
Dominique Blanc of Switzerland posted the following on her Facebook status:

Eiskunstlauf, in einem Solidaritätselan mit den Japanern, wenn sie es wünschen, und mit den Sportlern, sollten wir die WM in der Schweiz übernehmen. Man kann telquel die EM-Erfahrung mitnehmen. Es braucht nur ein bisschen Mut und viel Arbeit zwar, aber gegenüber was die Japaner jetzt machen müssen, ist es peanuts!

Ich Bin Ein Swiss Kase!

Judy
03-13-2011, 05:50 PM
I don't really see a feasible alternative either. Safety both for the country and the athletes must come first.

My heart goes out to Japan but it must also be heartbreaking for the skaters.

Buzz
03-13-2011, 05:50 PM
I have no idea what they are going to do about the worlds but it would be unfortunate if it had to be cancelled for this year.

Iceman
03-13-2011, 05:53 PM
China is great at organizing this kind of event. They could have things ready to go in early April imo.

ElinorD
03-13-2011, 05:58 PM
It would be a shame to cancel completely. If switching for the WTT event is a possibility, why not some of the other events on the ISU calendar? http://www.isu.org/vsite/vnavsite/page/directory/0,10853,4844-182959-200177-nav-list,00.html
Hopefully ISU, and each federation is checking on availability...