Russia takes over ice skating event

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Moscow has received the official right to host the world championships in figure skating in 2011, taking over the event from the troubled Japanese organisers.

The Federation of Figure Skating in Russia (FFKKR) received a letter from the International Skating Union (ISU) in late March 2011 stating that the event should take place at Moscow's Megasport Arena from 24 April to 1 May 2011. This was announced by the president of FFKKR, Alexander Gorshkov, who also added that in deciding this issue in favour of Russia a considerable contribution was made by prime minister Vladimir Putin and the leadership of the Ministry of Tourism and Youth Policy. The head of the Duma Committee on Physical Culture and Sport, Anton Sikharulidze, said that the choice of Moscow testifies to recognition of Russia in the global sports community. In 2005, the Russian capital already hosted the World Championships, but at that time the public showed little interest in it. Currently, according to Sikharulizde, the popularity of figure skating in Russia has increased, so there should be no problems with the stadium occupancy.

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