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Scandinavia, Asia May Be Home to New World Cup Events

Proposed Calendar Includes Events in Sweden, Denmark and China

(Part 2 of 2)

Back to Asia ... Again!

Skate team managers complained this year about the expense of sending their teams to Asia twice — at the start of the season for the Seoul and Taipei marathons and in June for the Incheon marathon in Korea.

But next year, there may be a third trip to Asia.

The tentative calendar lists two midweek events on Sept. 12th: the Shanghai World Cup and the Suzhou World Cup.

If one of the events manages to stay on the calendar, it would mark the spread of the World Cup into mainland China.

The Rest of the World?

Despite the World Cup's possible expansion into Scandinavia and mainland China, it is still absent from most of the world.

Noticeably missing from the calendar are New York City and Australia (not to mention: Italy, South America, Africa, India and Eastern Europe.)

The early incarnations of the last World Cup calendar listed events in New York City and Melbourne, Australia. But both events fell through.

Could they be resurrected?

Not likely ... but who knows?

Events don't only get chopped from the World Cup calendar. Sometimes, they just appear.

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(posted on Dec. 7, 2005)

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