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grandma
03-13-2011, 11:16 PM
The German Skating Federation announced today that they withdraw their team from Worlds in Tokyo.
http://www.eislauf-union.de/_NEWS_WM2011.html

This is also an insurance problem. if a country´s government does not advise to travel somewhere, then no national insurance will cover the liability. It will remain in the hands of the federation. A high finacial risk

victoriajh
03-13-2011, 11:21 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.

well really how often do they NEED one? I mean cancelled in the 60's and then moved in 2000 - and plan B woudl likely be in japan as well ( so not really very helpful at present )

IceJunkie
03-13-2011, 11:22 PM
What happened in 2000?

victoriajh
03-13-2011, 11:24 PM
This is also an insurance problem. if a country´s government does not advise to travel somewhere, then no national insurance will cover the liability. It will remain in the hands of the federation. A high finacial risk

yikes- i had not realised this- so every time there is a travel advisory this applies?

ananis
03-13-2011, 11:24 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.

Yes but then they had months to re-plan it, now we are talking about 1 week!! It's obviously not the same! But I still hope they don't cancel it, if ofcourse if it's safe for everyone.

MikiAndoFan#1
03-13-2011, 11:25 PM
What happened in 2000?

The World Championships were moved from Australia to France. :)

Choupette
03-13-2011, 11:25 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.
But this is last minute, unlike the change from Australia to France.

Wouldn't a backup plan be very expensive? It would mean that a rink somewhere would have to be free of any activity just in case, and what about ticket sales and having volunteers ready for a week just in case? For just 1% or 2% of chances of something happening?

victoriajh
03-13-2011, 11:26 PM
What happened in 2000?
i did not rememebr but i found this:

The WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS for the year 2000 will take place in
France, not in Australia. The Council of the International Skating Union (ISU),
decided to switch the site of the event from the previously announced location,
Brisbane, to Nice. The event will take place from 26 March to 2 April 2000, one
week later than the originally planned dates in Brisbane.
>
> The reason for the new decision of the ISU Council is that there were
irreconcilable problems, which prevented an agreement with television resources
in Australia to act as "host broadcaster" under agreeable technical and
financial conditions that would assure adequate service and coverage to the ISU
and its world-wide television broadcast licensees.

Simone411
03-13-2011, 11:27 PM
Mevrouw, thank you for posting and it's very much appreciated.

My concern is what I've read in this article regarding 3 hour rolling power cuts and blackouts lasting for weeks. Also, there's still a possibility for aftershocks as high as 7.0 magnitude for the next three days.

I pray with all my heart that it doesn't happen. There's been enough devastation throughout Japan. :(

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/13/japan-tsunami-earthquake-power-cuts

Sylvia
03-13-2011, 11:28 PM
What happened in 2000?
I posted this a few pages back:

The ISU moved 2000 Worlds from Brisbane, Australia to Nice, France in late August 1999 (6+ months ahead of time) -- here's one article link: http://www.cbssports.com/u/ce/multi/0,1329,1302422_7,00.html

Whatever is decided about 2011 Worlds, I just hope the ISU remembers Worlds is for and about the athletes first and foremost.

victoriaheidi
03-13-2011, 11:37 PM
Whatever is decided about 2011 Worlds, I just hope the ISU remembers Worlds is for and about the athletes first and foremost.

100% agreed. It's not about bringing happiness or comfort to an ailing country. If that happens, great. But the point of Worlds is to serve as an athletic contest, and there's no reason to put the athletes' health in jeopardy.

Bosha
03-13-2011, 11:37 PM
I posted this a few pages back:


Whatever is decided about 2011 Worlds, I just hope the ISU remembers Worlds is for and about the athletes first and foremost.

I could not agree more!

Let's hope those making the decisions have come to the same conclusion that you have.

The Observer
03-13-2011, 11:38 PM
Would venues that just had figure skating events last year be prepared to have them this year? For example, what about Canada? It just had the Olympics last year.

And what about Germany? Isn't that where Worlds was last year?

mmscfdcsu
03-13-2011, 11:42 PM
I posted this a few pages back:


Whatever is decided about 2011 Worlds, I just hope the ISU remembers Worlds is for and about the athletes first and foremost.



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Pratfall
03-13-2011, 11:44 PM
Sylvia..exactly. Everybody would love to make a gesture of support to the people of Japan, but the ISU has to first consider the well being of the athletes and that they have an environment to compete in that ensures a fair competition.