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loulou
03-13-2011, 10:16 PM
Then, of course, ISU will be have to face all the economic issues, whether they re-schedule or cancel Worlds, and that's maybe is even tougher to manage, becuase of the many interests involved...

Wasn't JSF insured? I'd be surprised if it wasn't.
After all, that's Japan, not Italy.

caseyedwards
03-13-2011, 10:17 PM
No S/S in pairs would mean a clean path for V/T or K/S but it really doesn't look like worlds is going to happen anyway now.

Eislauffan
03-13-2011, 10:24 PM
The German Skating Federation announced today that they withdraw their team from Worlds in Tokyo.
http://www.eislauf-union.de/_NEWS_WM2011.html

Sylvia
03-13-2011, 10:25 PM
Reposting from the Mirai thread in the Trash Can:

Mirai's latest tweets:


Got in touch with the familyyy!!! Yay! Everyone is ok even though a lot of their belongings are damaged and the walls are all cracked

My grandpa commented that of the 88 years of his existence, nothing like this has ever happened...
So glad her grandparents are okay!

tapper88
03-13-2011, 10:28 PM
Thank Mevrouw, for the info.

So happy about Mirai's grandparents!!! That's amazing news :)

numbers123
03-13-2011, 10:28 PM
entire post.

Thank you for being the voice of reason. And for saying that you saw/felt in person what Fred, Angelskates and others have been saying.

victoriaheidi
03-13-2011, 10:30 PM
Yay for Mirai! I was very nervous when I heard that she was unable to get ahold of her grandparents.

The translation is awful. Can someone tell me what that site link about the Germans says?

caseyedwards
03-13-2011, 10:31 PM
I read about Germany in USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2011-03-13-skating-worlds-japan_N.htm

leon
03-13-2011, 10:31 PM
I wonder if the delay is not because the ISU is pursuing alternative plans to hold the competition. Makes sense. Given the electric power situation (I think I heard 1/3 of Japan's power comes from nuclear), plus the thousands of people needing temporary shelter, food, water, medical attention plus all the unknowns regarding the nuclear power plants - I'm sure most Federations right now would not attend even if the event tried to proceed as originally scheduled.

The ISU probably wants to announce the cancellation/postponement of Tokyo Worlds, the implications AND the best (or least worst) alternative to the scheduled Tokyo Worlds. As someone who loves skating and has been looking forward to seeing Yuna Kim back on competitive ice for so many months, I'd like to see maybe a 6 week delay for Tokyo or another suitable venue, preferably in Asia, so Japanese could more easily attend. In that regard, Taiwan, S Korea or China might work.

All the issues being discussed here (visas, schedule conflicts, travel expenses, nationalistic politics - etc.) are for sure on the table.

All this pales in the shadow of Japan's worst national catastrophe since WWII.
I have to believe we are all one in the hope that whatever is best for the safety, security, happiness and prosperity of Japan is the top priority here. Ultimately, that will also be best for the skaters, figure skating and the ISU.

In terms of the quality of the national skating program, global and traveling fan support and enthusiasm, commercial sponsors and TV money - the ISU will be a severely weakened and diminished organization without a healthy and prosperous Japan.

victoriajh
03-13-2011, 10:33 PM
Yay for Mirai! I was very nervous when I heard that she was unable to get ahold of her grandparents.

The translation is awful. Can someone tell me what that site link about the Germans says?

there were decisions being made- i hear now that they had decided NOT to travel and fsonline twitter now is saying tht they will reconcider (?)
who knows!

Rafter
03-13-2011, 10:47 PM
No S/S in pairs would mean a clean path for V/T or K/S but it really doesn't look like worlds is going to happen anyway now.

You are forgetting about Pang & Tong. Aren't they the defending World Champions?

caseyedwards
03-13-2011, 10:57 PM
You are forgetting about Pang & Tong. Aren't they the defending World Champions?

I thought of them! But it seemed like they were not so great this season and could be beaten.

victoriaheidi
03-13-2011, 10:58 PM
P/T would beat K/S and V/T, imo.

Eislauffan
03-13-2011, 11:10 PM
Yay for Mirai! I was very nervous when I heard that she was unable to get ahold of her grandparents.

The translation is awful. Can someone tell me what that site link about the Germans says?

The statement on the website of the German Skating Union says:

"The ISU announced today in a press release that they'll issue a new statement on Monday, March 14, 2011.
As the first members of the German Skating Union's delegation were to travel to Tokyo on Wedneday, March 16, 2011, the German Skating Union decided today that they are following the advice of the Ministery of Foreign Affairs and will refrain from travelling to Japan for the World Championships 2011.

In these days, we feel with the Japanese people that were it by a major natural disaster. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and those who lost their home."

The Observer
03-13-2011, 11:15 PM
Why doesn't the ISU have a Plan B backup plan location in case a Worlds has to be canceled?

10 years ago they had to move it from Australia to Nice, France. Can't they do something similar this year? I was surprised to read Ottavio Cinquata say they had no backup plan.