Friday, March 11, 2011

ISU says Tokyo world figure skating venue intact

The International Skating Union says it has no plans to cancel the figure skating world championships in Tokyo, which is scheduled to begin on March 21.

ISU spokeswoman Selina Vanier tells The Associated Press that the Yoyogi National Stadium appears to be unscathed by an earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on Friday.

Vanier says Japanese Skating Federation officials have made "an initial assessment and there is no damage."

The stadium was built 50 years ago in the Shibuya district as a venue for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Vanier says the ISU would be in contact with Japanese officials before changing plans for the weeklong event.

Morozov's team was already training in Japan, everyone is OK. Florent Amodio tweeted two hours ago:

i'm fine and our team too !!

Volosozhar and Trankov of Russia landed with their coaches a few hours before the quake but have been in contact with the Russian Federation. (source)

Please pray for Japan.

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