Japan postpones events

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The International Skating Union has postponed the World Figure Skating Championships scheduled for 21–27 March following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March 2011.

The event was scheduled to take place in Tokyo, but with the country dealing with the effects of the earthquake and tsunami the ISU has said " the continued critical developments in Japan" would make it impossible to stage. Other sports events cancelled in the wake of the tragedy include Asian Champions League football matches, the domestic J–League and baseball games in Tokyo, Chiba and Yokohama. Additionally a special committee meeting investigating match–fixing in sumo wrestling has also been delayed. Japan's prime minister Naoto Kan has declared it his country's worst crisis since World War Two and with infrastructure badly affected, along with the potential for a radiation leak from a damaged nuclear power plant, and the death toll expected to rise above 10, 000 – the ISU and Japan Skating Federation felt it was the only option to take. " The ISU in consultation and agreement with the Japan Skating Federation (JSF) and in line with the advice of the Japanese authorities, has concluded that the staging of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2011 scheduled to be held on March 21–27, 2011 is not possible and the Championships will not be held during that time, " an ISU statement read. " The same applies to the ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating scheduled to be held in Yokohama on April 14–17, 2011. It is understood that a postponement of the above–mentioned World Championships as well as the holding of the ISU World Team Trophy is subject to the confirmation by the competent Japanese authorities that the situation is back to normal conditions allowing the safe conduct of major ISU sports events in the Tokyo area. ","43

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