Russia is ready to host the Worlds

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has backed the Sports Ministry’s bid to host the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships saying Russia will take care of all expenses.

The World Championships was due to be held March 21-27 in Tokyo, but the International Skating Union (ISU) announced on Monday that the Japanese Skating Federation (JSF) declined to hold the competition in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country 11 days ago.

“This is not a very expensive event and we are capable of taking care of all expenses,” Putin said at a meeting with Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.

Putin said Russia is ready to help its Japanese colleagues and the ISU and host the championship but added that “we [Russia] are not insisting on anything.”

Deputy Sports Minister Yury Nagornykh said on Monday that Russia intends to offer the ISU to hold the championship either starting in mid-April or after May 15 so that it would not coincide with the Ice Hockey World Championship in Slovakia April 29-May 15.

Finland, Canada and the United States have also offered the ISU to host the 2011 Figure Skating World Championships.

Novo-Ogaryovo (Moscow region), RIA Novosti, photo: mail.ru

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