When the 2011 World Championships were threatened to be canceled, Alissa Czisny wrote lovely open letter imploring that athletes be given a chance to compete. What have we heard from Mao and co? Crickets.
But what happened there was a natural disaster. What's going on now is a political dispute with potential implications for skaters of specific nationalities. Mao, Dai et al. should stay out of it while the situation and potential safety is assessed.
Dear FSU-sers. Please do not feed the trolls.
Dear Admins. It'd probably be best to either lock this thread before it turns even more ugly or move it into PI.
I think skaters will be safe, anyway.
It would be sad that they will be forced to withdraw from the competition, not only for themselves missing 1 gp to 2, and for someone possilby the final, but also for figure skating fans that will go to see the competition without big names and less skaters.
Honestly I don’t like to read any discussions about politics on this board.
Politics should not obstruct any sports.
Any athletes should have any opinions and the right not to compete or to participate in any competitions or events in the world by themselves.
And really very hope sports bring peace and happiness to any people in the universe.
I certainly hope everything will calm down and get straightened out by November. It would be very sad and disappointing if Mao, Miki and Daisuke couldn't compete.
You mess with the bull, you get the horns; words to live by, to my mind. - Robeye
The Chinese goverment has started to stop trading goods from and to Japan at ports and airports. Japanese businesses are having a hard time, so are Chinese businesses in Japan.
A Chinese tennis player is being called a traitor because she decided not to withdraw from a game in Japan.
"Amid the outpouring of nationalistic sentiment China's top-ranked tennis player Li Na has been called a traitor by Chinese internet users for not canceling a trip to Japan for a tennis competition next week."
This blog article is interesting.
I have no idea how this will affect Chinese figure skaters who are scheduled to participate the NHK trophy. They will be safe in Japan, though.
If they can't cope with making losses, they should complain to their own politicians who caused all the havoc, not to Chinese people who are reacting to all the provocations.
"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