Russia awarded 2011 World Championships

Event will take place in Moscow April 24-May 1

Mao Asada is the reigning ladies world champion.
Mao Asada is the reigning ladies world champion. (Getty)


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(03/23/2011) - The International Skating Union announced Thurs., March 24, that the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships will be held in Moscow, Russia, on April 24-May 1.

"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," ISU President Ottavio Cinquanta said in a press release. "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 championships, set to start with practices on March 20, were postponed after a natural disaster made holding them in Tokyo, Japan, impossible.

Monday, the ISU asked for bids from other member federations to host the world championships. Six countries bid on the championships: Russia (Moscow), Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia), the United States (Colorado Springs, Colo., or Lake Placid, N.Y.), Finland (Turku), Croatia (Zagreb) and Austria (Graz).