Russians Ekaterina Bobrova, left, and Dmitri Soloviev won the ice dance event at November's Cup of Russia competition at Moscow's Megasport arena, the new site of the figure skating world championships. ((Dmitry Korotayev/Epsilon/Getty Images))

Moscow has been chosen as the replacement venue for this year's figure skating world championships, which originally were to be in Tokyo.

The International Skating Union announced Thursday that the championships will be held April 24-May 1 at the Russian capital's Megasport arena.

The venue hosted the ISU's Cup of Russia Grand Prix event in November. Canada's Patrick Chan took the silver medal in the men's competition.

Moscow hosted the world championships in 2005, but at a different arena.

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Scheduling details were expected to be announced later Thursday.

The championships were to be held this week in Tokyo, but those plans were cancelled in the wake of the recent devastating earthquake and nuclear crisis.

"I am pleased that the matter is now sorted out and hope that the competing athletes can gain from this experience," ISU vice president David Dore told CBC Sports figure skating analyst Pj Kwong.

An ISU statement said Russia has promised easy access to visas, which often can be laborious to obtain.

"Under these extraordinary circumstances the ISU asks for the full co-operation and understanding of the skating community and all involved entities in making this a successful event," the statement said. "The full co-operation of all participating ISU member federations hopefully attending in full strength will be of utmost importance."

Canada was one of six countries to offer to serve as replacement host for Japan.

Skate Canada said Thursday that it supports the ISU's decision to move the event to Moscow.

"Despite the tragic circumstances that caused the Japanese Skating Federation to have to withdraw from hosting the event, we applaud the Figure Skating Federation of Russia for stepping forward and offering to host the event," Skate Canada CEO William Thompson said in a statement. 

"[The Russians] will have strong support throughout their country to plan and execute these championships in such a tight timeline. And if we can help in anyway, Skate Canada will certainly provide assistance to our colleagues in Russia."

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