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    As for the Worlds, JSF started to coordinate so as to hold in Japan in this autumn.

    This is an article in “Daily Sports” in Japan.
    Translated from Japanese.
    As for the 2011 Worlds, JSF started to coordinate so as to hold in Japan in this autumn.
    March 16th, 2011 JST

    As for the 2011 Worlds (Yoyogi National Gymnasium) of March and the 2011 World Team Trophy (Yokohama Arena) of April, which were postponed under the influence of Japan North East Region Pacific Coast Offshore Earthquake, Japan Skating Federation (JSF) started to coordinate so as to hold in Japan in September or the first half of October, in March 16th.
    Because JSF was asked about the possibility of the postponement until this fall from the President Cinquanta of International Skating Union (ISU), President Seiko Hashimoto of JSF said "We need to investigate from now on which area we can hold those in but we intend to reply that we would like to host the substitute events".
    However, it is unpredictable as for the future, because it is requested as a condition from ISU to provide 5 months lead time after letting out "the safe declaration" as the country as for the nuclear power plant continuing the unstable condition.
    Receiving the information, the President Cinquanta gives a terminal-decision not later than the early part of May.

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    As for the 2011 Worlds, JSF started to coordinate so as to hold in Japan in this autumn.
    http://www.daily.co.jp/general/2011/...03872330.shtml
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 03-17-2011 at 10:07 AM.

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    Thanks for your translations!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akira Andrea View Post
    This is an article in “Daily Sports” in Japan.
    Translation from Japanese.
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    President Seiko Hashimoto of JSF said "We need to investigate from now on which area we can hold those in but we intend to reply that we would like to host the substitute events".
    However, it is unpredictable as for the future, because it is requested as a condition from ISU to provide 5 months lead time after letting out "the safe declaration" as the country as for the nuclear power plant continuing the unstable condition.
    Receiving the information, the President Cinquanta gives a terminal-decision at the beginning of May.
    In case people aren't already aware, Cinquanta later clarified that the ISU's final(?) decision would come much earlier than the "beginning of May" in an interview with Phil Hersh today: http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/...st-option.html
    Q. The president of the Japanese Skating Federation said in a press conference Wednesday there would be no decision until early May. Is that correct?
    A. Not precisely. We have sent them a letter yesterday (Tuesday) asking for a prompt reply, and they replied they are available to organize the event at the end of September and early October. That moment may be too late and too early for us.

    We did our utmost to maintain the championship in Japan in order to show our fairness,. But at the end of the day we do not only have respect for Japan, we also have to protect of the skaters, of the member federations.

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    Q. The Japanese federation definitely said the ISU will make a decision in early May. You can't wait until May, can you?
    A. No. We will give a decision maybe in the next three or four days.

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    This is an article in “Sports Nippon” in Japan.
    Translated from Japanese.
    As for 2011 Worlds, JSF is considering so as to hold the substitute event this autumn.
    March 17th, 2011 JST
    In March 16th, JSF

    The photo:
    Photography: By Kyodo
    President Seiko Hashimoto in JSF who showed the policy to iron out so as to hold 2011 Worlds in Japan in this autumn.
    http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/new...000442610.html

    Opening a board of directors in Tokyo Metropolitan area in March 16th, Japan Skating Federation (JSF) decided to consider the substitution event this autumn as for the 2011 Worlds which gave up holding on March 21st.
    The said board of directors decided to notify formally to International Skating Union (ISU) that it is difficult to hold not only the Worlds but also the World Team Trophy which is planned in Yokohama from April 15th.
    After that, discussing as for the document of inquiry whether it is possible to hold Worlds in Japan in the time until September or the first half of October which received from ISU in the previous night, JSF decided to consider as for holding it.
    After President Hashimoto said that she intends to confirm whether or not she can secure the venue as soon as possible, she said "President Cincuanta is saying that 5 months are necessary as the lead time after the safe declaration comes out in Japan", too, and said, "We decide finally whether or not it is possible to hold it, during this month or not later than the early part of April".
    If it is held in autumn, the player doing entry this time becomes to participate to it.
    Hidetoshi Ito Figure Skating Chief Director of JSF said, "I think that the player needs to perform the program of next season there as a result, therefore, the player needs to prepare the program earlier than usual season".

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    As for 2011 Worlds, JSF is considering so as to hold the substitute event this autumn.
    http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/new...000441290.html
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 03-17-2011 at 10:51 AM.

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    Thanks for the translation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    In case people aren't already aware, Cinquanta later clarified that the ISU's final(?) decision would come much earlier than the "beginning of May" in an interview with Phil Hersh today:
    I am sorry.
    As for the time of the terminal-decision, there was a mistake in not the original article but my translation. I corrected the said part of the translation as follows.

    "Receiving the information, the President Cinquanta gives a terminal-decision not later than the early part of May."

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    Fall time in ridiculous for the skaters. I hope that Speedy uses common sense especially for the uncertainty in Japan regarding the nuclear situation right now.

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    Thank you for the translation, Akira Andrea! Does this mean the JSF wants to host Worlds, even if they are postponed to October?

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    All the skaters are starting to state that it's ridiculous to have worlds in October and are starting to send protests to their federation.
    Really, the ISU knows nothing about its own sports. Sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikiAndoFan#1 View Post
    Thank you for the translation, Akira Andrea! Does this mean the JSF wants to host Worlds, even if they are postponed to October?
    Yes, I think that JSF is hoping to host the Worlds even if it is postponed in September or October.

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    I'm wondering what would happen if Worlds are reschedled for Oct and the skaters decided not to show up due to timing and the fand don't buy tickets due to the top skaters not being there. JSF might go bust anyway.

    Bad idea all around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenMichelle View Post
    I'm wondering what would happen if Worlds are reschedled for Oct and the skaters decided not to show up due to timing and the fand don't buy tickets due to the top skaters not being there.
    I'm afraid such selfish skaters would be punished by the iron fist of the ISU, and their federations will do the same if the spots were reduced. This is a really unusual situation. They must cooperate if they want to save their careers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMURA View Post
    I'm afraid such selfish skaters would be punished by the iron fist of the ISU, and their federations will do the same if the spots were reduced. This is a really unusual situation. They must cooperate if they want to save their careers.
    All elite skaters have medical reasons to to compete a all - they all have injuries. And in October they will not have shows.
    All couldnt go only around Japan I think its better to cancell WCh and not hold in in October.
    Japan will have Japan Open in that time.How about selfish federation and ISU president?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMURA View Post
    I'm afraid such selfish skaters would be punished by the iron fist of the ISU, and their federations will do the same if the spots were reduced. This is a really unusual situation. They must cooperate if they want to save their careers.
    I think its far more selfish of the ISU to keep the skaters in limbo. And frankly for the JSF to be pushing for this October worlds.(If they are) It would be one thing if October worlds was something the japanese federation could actually guarantee. But they can't even do that.

    IF you cant' guarantee that your country will be available why not do the right thing for the skaters and that includes the Japanese skaters, and let another federation host it sooner.

    Now if moving worlds causes Japan to lose out on insurance money, then I'd be for cancelling it. And heck if the Japanese federation is hard up financially, I'd even support some kind of benefit to help them recoup some of those costs. After a suitable time after things in Japan are straightened out.

    But I'm sorry its time to put the skaters first.

    And the skaters have the right to be upset. What about their health. You have some skaters planning surgeries etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikiAndoFan#1 View Post
    Does this mean the JSF wants to host Worlds, even if they are postponed to October?
    As far as I can understand (from posts on this board), this means exactly the the JSF is not willing to give up to the event yet.
    The only possibly doable solution for Japan to host the 2011 world championships, would be in the fall.
    Apparently, if the JSF was willing to let go, the ISU could have aready agreed to place worlds in one of the cities/countries that volounteered.

    -- Please, everybody, feel free to correct me if I didn't get things straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMURA View Post
    I'm afraid such selfish skaters would be punished by the iron fist of the ISU, and their federations will do the same if the spots were reduced. This is a really unusual situation. They must cooperate if they want to save their careers.
    I don't think the skaters are selfish at all but if the ISU were to agree with this which I doubt they will I would question their sanity.

    Worlds in October is ridiculous and although I feel badly for Japan and their skating union they are obviously desperate but I think they should turn their attention to the diaster that's occuring in their own country.

    Here's a new article. I agree 100% with it.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...rticle1945001/

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    World championship is not just a "competition". It covers the major costs of the ISU's organization and competition managements. If they couldn't make money from this valuable event, the whole projects of the season will suffer. They will need to cut back the budget. Unprofitable events like JGP should be curtailed first. In due course, GPS and championships are "adjusted" to accordingly. The prize money is easy to sacrifice. The ISU also runs speed skating and short-track events. They don't make profits and needs constant fund injection from the figure skating section. Much more than "rinks" and "hotels" are required to host this prestigious event. Such unprepared expedience only to please selfish fans and skaters will sure lose money. And the difference between its loss and the expected gain from the October worlds in Japan constitutes the loss for the ISU. As long as there's no country who can guarantee sufficient financial gains to the ISU, the October worlds option is the best. I'm admiring Mr Cinquanta's intelligence. Any (in)convenience of individual skaters are trivial compared to the whole business of international skating. They have the obligations to contribute under this crisis situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akira Andrea View Post
    Yes, I think that JSF is hoping to host the Worlds even if it is postponed in September or October.
    Quote Originally Posted by loulou View Post
    As far as I can understand (from posts on this board), this means exactly the the JSF is not willing to give up to the event yet.
    The only possibly doable solution for Japan to host the 2011 world championships, would be in the fall.
    Apparently, if the JSF was willing to let go, the ISU could have aready agreed to place worlds in one of the cities/countries that volounteered.

    -- Please, everybody, feel free to correct me if I didn't get things straight.
    Thank you for your responses! I still hope Japan hosts Worlds. If the situation there is better by the fall, then I can't see why they can't host it.

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    So skaters and fans are selfish because it's better to not let them take any break and force them to train 4 programs when it's also feasible to move the championships to another venue which has been offered by other countries. I don't think the skaters, coaches, choreographers and skating clubs are going to buy into this rationale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMURA View Post
    They [ISU] will need to cut back the budget. Unprofitable events like JGP should be curtailed first.
    No, they don't.

    ETA: Thank you for translating, Akira Andrea.
    Last edited by Sylvia; 03-17-2011 at 12:48 PM.

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