Those devious Swiss politics!
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Golden Skate article (May 6. 2012): Takahashi and Tran prepare for next season with new confidence
As Kyodo News reported recently, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Japan decided to support Tran’s citizenship case so that he could compete in Sochi.
The skaters realize that this matter is out of their hands.
“We do really want to enter,” said Takahashi. “That was our goal from the start and it has not changed, but when we think about it, it becomes too complicated. It is something that no matter how much you think about, you can’t help. So I guess what we’ll do is to practice hard and to try to improve as much as possible.”
Tran agreed. “Everyone likes to go to the Olympics. Our situation is complicated, but we hope to go.”
The team wants to focus on the sport knowing that the politicians and the Japanese Skating Federation will do their best to help.
In the meantime, the season is barely over and Takahashi and Tran have already begun preparations for the next one. Immediately after the World Team Trophy, they worked with choreographer Julie Marcotte on their new long program in Japan.
“We’ll tune it during the off-season,” said Tran. “We actually have most of the short done, too. It is pretty early, but it helps to know everything. We spend most of the off-season fine-tuning instead of making it up and then getting it ready really quick before the first summer competition.”
Tran is staying mum on the music choices for next season, however, he describes the short program as “down to earth-ish” and the long program as “theatrical.”
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"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
It sounds like Marvin will receive the Japanese citizenship just in time for the Sochi. Good for him, and good for the Japanese government and the federation's decision to support Tran.
New Japanese article about this - the Ministry of Justice said, "it's difficult to consider Tran's case as an exception." Seiko Hashimoto has asked the Diet for a decision by the end of the year.
That's a pretty stupid excuse. There's no precedent simply because no one wanted Japanese citizenship in an exceptional way and no Diet member has made such a move. This time, at least the bipartisan group of sports related Diet members is supporting Tran's naturalization. They can propose and deliberate the agenda without agreements from the bureaucrats.
I don't think it's right that Tran get special treatment just because he can perhaps get Japan a medal in Sochi. He doesn't even speak the language or live there. In contrast Tanith Belbin had to go through all the steps to become a US citiizen. Yes she got help from Pres. Bush but she had been living in the US for almost 8 years and when she finally became a citizen. And this was after missing the Olympics in 2002 which her and Ben qualified for. So she did her time to become a citizen.