So I’m sure all of you avid figure skating fans know already, the World championships this year may be postponed or canceled, according to the latest ISU statement. According to this article, the ISU is looking for another host city that would be willing and able to take the event (and garner enough revenue to offset the losses) into their hands on such short notice. However, PJ Kwong has expressed her views and thoughts on CBC as well as her personal blog about this. As for the skaters that were in Japan, they are as far as we know, safe, according to this article.
Although some fans are complaining, many skaters and skating officials have been very gracious in noting that although their season is up in the air at the moment, they understand the utter horrors and the devastation that is going on. With a nuclear crisis and scheduled power outages throughout the country, it’s hard to imagine that people could even think of watching figure skating on TV or live. Personally, I can’t begin to fathom the repercussions even after all of these immediate crises have been dealt with. Japan has never quite recovered from the bursting of the economic bubble in the 1990s and it’s hard to imagine what’s going to happen in the future. The next ten years of the international economy and politics will be interesting indeed…
Praying for my friends (and everyone else) in Japan,
~The Rinkside Cafe
Update: According to this article, the ISU is looking at the options. Either Worlds will be cancelled or held in October.