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SkateSkates
03-13-2011, 08:17 PM
If it was moved to the US, this may be a chance to get more people to come and watch. Fans would sympathize with the fact that worlds could not be held because of the multiple disasters in Japan, and come to watch. Wherever/whenever worlds is, they should donate some portion of the money to Japan, or maybe even all from ticket sales. If people see there's a charity component attached, they will want to go.

SkateSkates
03-13-2011, 08:17 PM
Does anyone know if Mao is ok? I haven't heard anything.

Thanks.

Yes she is. There was a Yuka Sato article that said Mao is fine.

DickButtonFan
03-13-2011, 08:18 PM
Ok, good thanks. :)

victoriaheidi
03-13-2011, 08:18 PM
If it was moved to the US, this may be a chance to get more people to come and watch. Fans would sympathize with the fact that worlds could not be held because of the multiple disasters in Japan, and come to watch. Wherever/whenever worlds is, they should donate some portion of the money to Japan, or maybe even all from ticket sales. If people see there's a charity component attached, they will want to go.

I already told my mom that if Worlds came to LA, I'd sign the entire family up to volunteer.

Asli
03-13-2011, 08:18 PM
If Worlds isn't going to take place in Japan, it shouldn't be taken off them either and cancelled as a mark of respect.

Are you sure that is what japanese fans and the federation would want, even if it were fair to other skaters? After all, Japan has gold medal favorites in two categories this year, whether the Worlds are held in Japan or not.

allezfred
03-13-2011, 08:18 PM
Apologies if this has been discussed earlier in the thread, but what about moving the competition elsewhere in Japan? Is there a location with appropriate facilities in the south? Is Sapporo far enough northwest to have escaped damage?

I think I mentioned in this thread that most of the arenas will be booked most weekends for the next few months. Then you have to organise hotels and flights. It would not be easy.

Sapporo is completely unaffected. I will be going there myself a bit early if Worlds are cancelled.

darya_russian
03-13-2011, 08:19 PM
I'm still in shock. My prayers are with everyone in Japan. That is just horrible :(

Just an uneducated guess... Can Worlds be held in October, at the beginning of next season? That may give skaters time to plan their preparation, and maybe in this case event can still be held in Tokyo?

bek
03-13-2011, 08:21 PM
I'm still in shock. My prayers are with everyone in Japan. That is just horrible :(

Just an uneducated guess... Can Worlds be held in October, at the beginning of next season? That may give skaters time to plan their preparation, and maybe in this case event can still be held in Tokyo?

While it would be different venues, the Gymnastics World Championships is due to be held around that time in Tokyo. Kohei Uchimura is going for an unprecented 3 straight world AA titles. If it was feasible that would be an amazing double hitter for fans of both sports. Although to be frank gymnastics in Japan deserves the spotlight to itself.

allezfred
03-13-2011, 08:23 PM
Are you sure that is what japanese fans and the federation would want, even if it were fair to other skaters? After all, Japan has gold medal favorites in two categories this year, whether the Worlds are held in Japan or not.

I don't know about the JSF or Japanese fans. It's just my feeling. Not very logical, I know. ;)

bek
03-13-2011, 08:25 PM
I don't know about the JSF or Japanese fans. It's just my feeling. Not very logical, I know. ;)

If it was something that would upset the Japanese, I would be for cancelling it all together too. But a part of me also thinks that surely the Japanese would in time like their skaters to have the opportunity to win the medals they would have won if it weren't for this tragedy.

If Worlds was to be moved to another place, I do think that perhaps Japan could be given another event as compensation. (The next available worlds, and another guaranteed one during the next quad.) Heck if its going to be delayed for several months, why not just hold it several months later in Japan?

Asli
03-13-2011, 08:27 PM
I don't know about the JSF or Japanese fans. It's just my feeling. Not very logical, I know. ;)

I wish it were possible to wait for a month and then hold the Worlds in Japan, though I know this is practically impossible.

OTOH if by some miracle the championships are held elsewhere, think many people will be rooting for the Japanese skaters. :cheer2:

allezfred
03-13-2011, 08:29 PM
There is precedence for cancelling a World Championships. It happened 50 years ago. Different set of circumstances, I know, but it has happened before.

victoriaheidi
03-13-2011, 08:30 PM
If it was something that would upset the Japanese, I would be for cancelling it all together too. But a part of me also thinks that surely the Japanese would in time like their skaters to have the opportunity to win the medals they would have won if it weren't for this tragedy.

If Worlds was to be moved to another place, I do think that perhaps Japan could be given another event as compensation. (The next available worlds, and another guaranteed one during the next quad.) Heck if its going to be delayed for several months, why not just hold it several months later in Japan?

Let's just put it this way: Japan is in line for 2-4 medals, so I don't think the Japanese would object to Worlds happening someplace else.

As someone pointed out, the next available Worlds is 2014, unless someone is willing to swap. They could also take one from the Sochi-2018 quad, if they wanted it.

blue_idealist
03-13-2011, 08:32 PM
I wish the ISU would just tell us now yay or nay. That makes me think there's some talk of moving it, because with the situation in Japan like it is right now, it can't possibly be in Tokyo safely so wouldn't they just say outright if they were cancelling?

bek
03-13-2011, 08:32 PM
There is precedence for cancelling a World Championships. It happened 50 years ago. Different set of circumstances, I know, but it has happened before.

Yes but I think the difference is that was a figure skating tragedy. These were skaters friends, family members that were killed. Second, it would have been cruel to make the friends/family members of the 61 plane crash to have to watch other skaters win the medals their skaters could have won that year.

In this case while obviously the tragedy is much bigger, I don't think the victims of the tragedy will particularly care if the figure skating championship is moved. (They won't be watching and thinking of the medal their kid could have won) So its a very different circumstance.

Maybe the Championships does need to be cancelled. But it just seems that will be hard for people like Czisny, who may never have a shot at this again. Who knows. I'm kind of for whatever people decide.