by Ralph Routon
Moscow will replace Tokyo as host city for the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships, the International Skating Union announced today.
ISU leaders chose the Russian capital, with its 12,000-seat Megasport Arena, over a handful of other applicant cities including Colorado Springs.
Various local sources had confirmed that the Springs had put together a strong bid, including availability of at least 700 hotel rooms, considerable technical expertise and experience hosting other events — including the Broadmoor Skating Club as well as U.S. Figure Skating, headquartered here.
Moscow loomed as the likely choice after Russian leader Vladimir Putin promised his government would take care of any expenses, estimated at up to $5 million. The event will take place April 24-May 1.
Tokyo officially withdrew Monday as host city, saying it would not be able to conduct the event at any time in 2011.
For more comment on the outcome, check today's Independent or the Between the Lines column here.