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ISU statement about impact of quake on worlds

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White are among the U.S. team set to travel for worlds, whenever a location is decided.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White are among the U.S. team set to travel for worlds, whenever a location is decided. (Getty Images)

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By International Skating Union
(03/11/2011) - The International Skating Union issued a statement Friday regarding the earthquake in Japan and the upcoming 2011 World Figure Skating Championships.

As you probably are aware an earthquake and a so defined Tsunami hit the territory of Japan today March 11, 2011. The ISU received an e-mail message from the head office of the Japan Skating Federation (JSF) informing that one of their representatives had visited Yoyogi stadium and considered it suitable to host the World Figure Skating Championships 2010-11.

The said communication from the (JSF) informs that the situation in Tokyo is settled and seems to be in-line for conducting the Championships.

However, the message of the head office of the JSF points out that the Narita Airport is closed.

Further information will be given to the ISU by the JSF, in the meantime the ISU wishes to remind that the ISU World Figure Skating Championships are scheduled to commence with the practice sessions on March 20, 2011. The ISU, while expressing its sympathy to the Japan entities, is confident that the local conditions will permit to regularly conduct the Event.

The ISU is planning to issue another Communication in the next days.

Ottavio Cinquanta
ISU President