Russia and France are working with Japanese officials and the International Skating Union to relocate the World Figure Skating Championships from Tokyo to Moscow.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev spoke to athletes on Thursday and indicated that Russia will put forth an extra effort to host a great World Figure Skating Championships event. Russian officials have volunteered to host the event since the original planned host, Japan, experienced the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear radiation catastrophes.
The International Skating Union (ISU) located in Switzerland has released a statement of relocation for the event. The event will be held from April 24th to May 1st 2011 in Moscow, Russia instead of Tokyo, Japan. The ISU's official statement may be found
here on their website.
Russian officials recognize that many travelers will have to adjust their travel plans and said that Russia will facilitate entry to the country for foreign guests. Russia had recent success in hosting English soccer events and this may be a good test or stepping stone towards hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 Russia World Cup.
France is scheduled to host the next World Figure Skating Championships. French officials have expressed interest in working with Japan should they want to host this event in the future.