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l'etoile
03-11-2011, 02:12 PM
thanks for correction allezfred! still, it's concerning.


ISU deleted its notice on plan to hold the Worlds in Tokyo unchanged.

Are they second-thinking about their primary decision, maybe?

allezfred
03-11-2011, 02:12 PM
The US State Department issued a travel warning for Japan, recommending that Americans avoid traveling there until April 1.

That's their prerogative, but frankly I think it's bizarre and unnecessary. The Japanese archipelago is the length of the eastern seaboard of the U.S. It's the equivalent of saying because there is a blizzard in Washington D.C. you should avoid travelling to Florida as well. :confused:

Willowway
03-11-2011, 02:27 PM
In addition to the unknown aspects of significant aftershocks, I'm sure the powers that be must consider how interrupted travel into and out of Narita will be over the next few days. The back ups could be significant depending on aftershocks and other variables. An event like this isn't over when the initial shocks are over.

flyingsit
03-11-2011, 02:27 PM
I wonder if the thinking is that the country will be overwhelmed dealing with the aftermath of this so it's better not to add to the resource demands?

pani
03-11-2011, 02:29 PM
This is so sad :( Will pray for all people who is in Japan now.

As for WCh. During flooding in Australia "Australia Open" wasnt cancel. It was really sad - people lost there homes at theat time, but tennis stars fights for millions dollars :(

museksk8r
03-11-2011, 02:32 PM
Maybe. But programs like MJ medley, sassy Latins, tasteless pop songs, and maybe even, Pink Panther, would be really inappropriate IMO. If I heard anyone playing these kinds of music just two weeks after such a tragedy in my country (there's a serious earthquake in China in 2008 which caused nearly 70,000 of deaths), I would cut his/her throat.

:rolleyes: Wow, overreacting much? The skaters have had their programs and music choices planned out since the spring/summer of 2010. They can't possibly come up with new programs and music choices within 8 days time and be ready for a competition as important as the World Championships. No one could have predicted that this would happen now and it's really tacky to insinuate that the skaters don't care about the current state of the Japanese nation or its people at such a tragic time simply based on their music choices.

Simone411
03-11-2011, 02:34 PM
In addition to the unknown aspects of significant aftershocks, I'm sure the powers that be must consider how interrupted travel into and out of Narita will be over the next few days. The back ups could be significant depending on aftershocks and other variables. An event like this isn't over when the initial shocks are over.

This is exactly what I was thinking. The aspect of aftershocks will also have to be taken into consideration.

senorita
03-11-2011, 02:38 PM
I m only thinking that an 8.9 quake is too big and rare to just say, ok it is over we can travel now cause Japan is used to it,it is not just anoter earquake that happens everyday and I dont know what scientists would expect from such disturbance and concerning worlds isnt the schedule of skaters arriving and traning there about to change?
Anyway with this magnitude of disaster the least i worry is if worlds will be held

museksk8r
03-11-2011, 02:38 PM
I'm relieved to hear that many of the skaters are safe and have been accounted for, but my heart breaks for all those who have been killed or negatively affected by these natural disasters. My heart is with the Japanese people and all people around the world who have been affected by this crisis. I hope for safety and good health for you all! <3

Simone411
03-11-2011, 02:41 PM
Anyway with this magnitude of disaster the least i worry is if worlds will be held

:respec:

HeatherC
03-11-2011, 02:41 PM
Mark Ladwig's brother is stationed in Japan with his unit and thankfully I heard this morning that he's all right. I'm glad to hear that the skaters in Japan are all okay too, but my heart breaks for all the other people affected by this tragedy. This is so horrific and sad. :fragile:

Celine82
03-11-2011, 02:43 PM
I don't know what to think about the World Championships, as it's not quite clear yet how much damage was done. I'm waiting for updates tomorrow morning...


This is a major event only to figure skating fans. It's not as if it's the Olympics.
Anywhere else, maybe, but as this is in Japan, it IS a major event for the majority of Japanese.

museksk8r
03-11-2011, 02:47 PM
Anywhere else, maybe, but as this is in Japan, it IS a major event for the majority of Japanese.

Yes, figure skating is extremely popular in Japan. Their skaters are celebrities there and paparazzi media magnets; it's not like the US where champion figure skaters are an afterthought to the general public and when US skaters are brought up in the media, the first general public response is to make a mockery of them and what they do.

figsrus
03-11-2011, 02:48 PM
AP article - venue intact (http://unisports.tv/fBes8V)

FGRSK8
03-11-2011, 02:49 PM
There may be even bigger issues.

Apparently they are having trouble getting coolant to the core of one of the nuclear power plants and have evacuated a mile radius around it...

According to the USGS site, there have been 14 aftershocks 6.0 and over which is not helping matters either.. :(