Relocation following the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami
In its statement of March 21, 2011 the ISU communicated the decision of the Japan Skating
Federation (JSF) to decline holding the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2011,
initially allotted to the JSF and scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan this week.
In the meantime, the ISU has received applications to hold the Event during the months of
April or May of this year from its Member federations in Austria (Graz), Canada (Vancouver),
Croatia (Zagreb), Finland (Turku), Russia (Moscow) and USA (Colorado Springs or Lake
The ISU thanks those Member federations for their spontaneous reaction during these truly
dramatic and exceptional circumstances emanating from the crisis in Japan and highly
appreciates their efforts for having prepared an application on such short notice. The ISU
reiterates that in the light of the dramatic situation in Japan the staging of sporting events
becomes relatively secondary and a solution satisfying all involved is extremely difficult.
Nevertheless, it is in the best interest of the ISU and its Members to hold the Championships
as soon as possible.
The ISU has reviewed all applications received and after careful evaluation the ISU Council
decided to allot the Championships to the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, to be held in
the Megasport Arena in Moscow/Russia, on April 24-May 1, 2011.
The organization of this major Event with little time to prepare will require a high level effort
from the Figure Skating Federation of Russia which has assured the ISU of its full
cooperation including in areas such as easy access to entry visas and security. The
preparation for the updating of all relevant details (time schedule, Announcement, entry
confirmations etc) have already begun and the ISU will revert as soon as possible with the
Under these extraordinary circumstances the ISU asks for the full cooperation and
understanding of the skating community and all involved entities in making this a successful
Event. The full cooperation of all participating ISU Member federations hopefully attending in
full strength will be of utmost importance.
Finally, the ISU is convinced that the Japanese delegation coming to Moscow deserves and
will receive special attention and respect. At a time like this, words cannot express feelings
but the ISU wants to let the skating friends of the Japan Skating Federation and the people of
Japan know that the thoughts and wishes of the Skating family continue to remain with them.
Ottavio Cinquanta Fredi Schmid
President Director General
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