New worlds location likely to be announced Friday
Cinquanta says event will be held late April/early May
|U.S. national champion Ryan Bradley is among the world qualifiers anxious to learn of the new dates and location for the championships. (Michelle Harvath)|
By Klaus-Reinhold Kany and Lynn Rutherford, special to icenetwork.com
(03/21/2011) - In a telephone interview earlier today, ISU president Ottavio Cinquanta said a decision on the date and location of the 2011 ISU World Figure Skating Championships will likely be made by March 25. "The ISU has [made an offer to] all federations to send an official and precise application by Tuesday [March 22] night to hold worlds at the end of April or the beginning of May. "Then the ISU will spend the next two days considering the applications. Probably on Friday there will be an ISU council meeting via telephone, which will decide which city will get worlds. It will be a city in Europe or North America." On March 21, the ISU director general sent out a memorandum outlining the requirements for a host city, including available dates from April 18 onward; an 8,000-seat arena; a nearby practice facility; availability of 700 hotel rooms; and TV production for the entire event, with a signal free of charge to the ISU and TV rights holders. A formal application was attached. U.S. Figure Skating has offered Colorado Springs, Colo., and Lake Placid, N.Y., homes of Olympic Training Centers, as possible locales. Russia and Finland have also submitted bids.