FIG to reevaluate World Championships in Japan
posted on 03/31/2011

The International Gymnastics Federation will evaluate moving the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships from Tokyo at the end of May, according to reports from the Associated Press and a press release distributed by the FIG.

The FIG said Thursday, "Today, the consequences of the nuclear catastrophe are still unknown and there is worldwide anxiety and concern. President Hidenori Futagi and the Japanese Federation have communicated their willingness to continue as planned in preparations for running of these World Championships...The FIG is sending its Directives and Appendices to all its affiliated federations, with the sincere hope that the World Championships can be held as foreseen without taking any risk for the health of the participants. However, the FIG - in close cooperation with the Japan Gymnastics Association - shall follow the development of the nuclear catastrophe closely and shall reevaluate the situation by the end of May."

The 2011 Artist Gymnastics Championships are scheduled for Oct. 7-16 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and serve as the main qualifier for men's and women's gymnastics for the 2012 Olympics Games in London.

An earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of Japan on March 11. Officials are concerned about high radiation levels outside the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, which is about 150 miles from Tokyo.

*The AP and the FIG contributed to this report.