France offers 2012 figure skating worlds to Japan

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 26, 2011 19:40 hrs

France is offering the 2012 world figure skating championships to Japan as a sign of solidarity.

The 2012 worlds are scheduled for Nice from March 26 to April 1, 2012, but the French Ice Sports Federation has asked the International Skating Union to let Japan organize them.

Japan abandoned plans to host next week's championships in Tokyo following the deadly earthquake and tsunami.

French federation president Didier Gailhaguet says giving the 2012 worlds to Japan will enable the country to have more time to prepare.

Six countries have put in bids to replace Japan as host of this year's worlds. The ISU council will vote this week on the site and determine the dates in late April or early May.