We call on the ISU to find a new venue for the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships and reschedule Worlds for spring 2011. We ask the ISU to reach agreement with the Japanese figure skating federation to allow another country to host 2011 Worlds and award a future Worlds to Japan.
We feel the greatest sympathy and compassion for the people of Japan. We recognize they are facing a terrible crisis in their nation. Due to this, it is impossible to hold Worlds in Japan at this time. And, unfortunately, safety may still be a concern if Worlds were held in Japan in October.
We feel it is vital that 2011 Worlds take place in another venue this spring. The world's skaters have been training and working toward this event all year. We feel it is correct and fair, for the sake of the skaters, that Worlds be rescheduled. The Russian and American skating federations have offered alternate cities to host this event. We call on the ISU to accept one of these alternate locations and reschedule Worlds for spring 2011.